‘Victor Frankenstein’ Trailer Promises a New Take on the Classic Story

By August 18, 2015

Let’s face it, nearly all of the movies that come out every year are just different takes on stories that have already been told a hundred times – and that’s okay. A lot of the time, the new twists actually end up working (sometimes they don’t), and in the end, it all depends on the actual execution of the story that determines whether or not it was worth paying the $15 dollars to go and see.

However, one film later this year, is about to try and bring a fresh take to a story that’s been retold almost more than any other story out there, and that’s Victor Frankenstein. The movie stars James McAvoy as the iconic scientist, and Daniel Radcliffe as his famous assistant, Igor, as they try and create life. It’s only after one of their experiments is a success that they realize what a mistake they may have made.

It sounds familiar of course, but the movie is based on a script written by Max Landis, who has managed to bring new takes to both the supehero genre in Chronicle, and judging from what reviews are saying too, the spy/action genre as well with American Ultra, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed he can do the same thing here. The first trailer for the movie has debuted online earlier today, and gives viewers their first look at the film. Check it out below:

Here’s the movie’s official synopsis:

“James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.”

The film definitely seems like some kind of odd combination of several genres into one, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The gothic horror elements seem to really work – in the trailer at least – and the production and costume design actually seem to be adding to the movie’s overall tone of fun horror, rather than taking away from it.

However, it seems pretty clear that the reason to go and see this new version of the Frankenstein story, isn’t for the special effect monsters, but for the banter between McAvoy’s Frankenstein and Radcliffe’s Igor. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, director Paul McGuigan called the movie a love story between the two characters, and it’s pretty clear to see why. Their chemistry seems off the charts all the way throughout, but above all else, it looks like both of them are having a ton of fun just goofing around on set. Who knows, it might end up being one of the big ones to check out later this year.

Victor Frankenstein is set to hit theatres on November 25th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable