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Frankenstein is a 1931 horror film directed by James Whale. Determined to create a human life from a dead body, Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) steals fresh corpses from a graveyard and pieces together the best parts with help from his lackey, Fritz (Dwight Frye). When they cannot find an acceptable brain, Fritz steals one from Goldstadt Medical College, where Frankenstein was a former student. Although his friend Victor (John Boles), girlfriend Elizabeth (Mae Clarke), and former professor Dr. Waldman (Edward Van Sloan) have reservations about his experiment, Frankenstein decides to go through with his mad plan. He places the brain in the body and uses a bolt of lightning to reanimate the body. After the monster (Boris Karloff) arises, he soon goes on a killing spree and begins to terrorize the villagers. When Frankenstein learns that he unknowingly placed a madman's brain inside of his creation, he realizes that he has to slay the monster before it kills again.