Post-modern Prometheus

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Wary gargoyles take on fierce demons in a dystopian present while a slightly human Frankenstein is caught in the middle of the war

Post-modern Prometheus
if there’s one genre that doesn’t fail to excite movie-makers and movie-goers alike, it’s horror. The first horror flick coming to theatres near you this year is I, Frankenstein, written and directed by Stuart Beattie. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young, the Australian/American fantasy action film is based on a graphic novel and original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux.

The latest edition of Frankenstein’s tales and travails is set in a dystopic present — it’s a time where wary gargoyles and fierce demons take each other on in the battle for ultimate power. It’s been long since Dr Victor Frankenstein decided to play god and create a living creature like none another. His creature — a monster named Adam (Eckhart) — has since then taken on his surname and remains stuck in a life of immortality. The modern-day Frankenstein seems to have, over the decades, shaken off his cobwebs and adopted a bit of humanity.

But life’s not exactly a cakewalk for Adam, who may live in the shadows and remains content not to draw attention to himself. His skill at doing away with his enemies with the martial art of kali stick fighting holds him in good stead and also draws the attention of the two warring factions in the ancient city. Despite not wanting to, he soon finds himself caught in the middle of a war between the two clans led by Naberius (Nighy), the leader of the Demons; Leonore (Otto), the Queen of the Gargoyles; and Gideon (Courtney), leader of the Gargoyle army.

With both sides obsessed with ruling over all of earth and eager to discover the secret to his immortality, Adam must do all that he can to ensure that his immortality code stays hidden. He must also deal with Terra (Strahovski), a physiologist who’s attempting to resolve the age-old problem of death and taking a keen interest in bringing corpses back to life. Could Frankenstein be the bridge between her and the solution?

Grevioux, of Underworld, sold the original screenplay to Lakeshore Entertainment in 2010. The Los Angeles production company brought Beattie on board to re-write and direct in early 2011. Filming began in February 2012 and took place in Melbourne, and Victoria, Australia, for over 10 weeks. Scheduled to be released in February 2013, I, Frankenstein will hit theatres — digitally re-mastered and in the IMAX format —soon.

But will Eckhart as Adam Frankenstein, a superhuman created from science using electricity and various parts of corpses, draw audiences? Eckhart seems sure about his Frankenstein, who he has said is “an intelligent, evolved man, and that’s how he is portrayed in this movie, for sure”.

But horror fans needn’t worry if I, Frankenstein doesn’t really scare the heebie-jeebies out of them. There’s lot more coming up as the months roll by — The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes, The Quiet Ones, Jessabelle, Dracula Untold, Devil's Due, Resident Evil 6 and Paranormal Activity 5. Wait, watch and be very scared. If you’re lucky, that is!

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