Classic Monster Stories
I am interested in alternate re-tellings
of the core story, and many of the classic Universal monster stories
have been retold (or are indeed retellings themselves!). Some are
obvious re-workings than others, the latter sometimes retaining only
thematic elements or just a rough outline.
Frankenstein, including the
early plays and films (I think there are two that predate the 1931 film
with Karloff) explored the premise of "man creates a new life,
unexpected consequences follow." And it isn't just Frankenstein
that inspired re-tellings; plenty other monster stories have been been
re-imagined in forms that only remain the thematic premise. Here
are some that come to mind.
Frankenstein = Creation who cannot be
controlled by his creator.
More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein_in_popular_culture
- A scientist creates a mate for himself, but once again
it goes wrong.
Terminator - Although the entire future world is a battle
between armies of robots controlled by Skynet vs. armies of humans led
by John Connor, really the story is personified as a single artificial
creation seeking to wipe out a family, which is exactly what the
Frankenstein novel is in a nutshell!
- Teen boys accidentally create an ideal woman who they
- Robot on the loose!
Dr. Jekyll and
Mr. Hyde (and The Wolf Man) = Two sides of the same coin.
Incredible Hulk - A scientist accidentally discovers that he has
created the means of transforming between his id and superego.
- (Batman villain) Two personalities in the same body with the
question of which rules any decision determined by the flip of a coin.
- A man seeking to break out of his hum-drum life creates
an alternate personality capable of doing what he cannot.
Nutty Professor - (Jerry Lewis version especially)
- Transformations triggered by the full moon, and the afflicted
awakens with no memory what he did the night before.
- A stunt biker changes into a flaming demon.
Trek (original series) episode where Kirk is split - A
transporter accident separates the captain into opposing aspects of
A charismatic leech on two legs.
vampire stories - Bloodsuckers
- A creature literally from nightmares and legends comes
to feed on the fears of the innocent while they sleep.
films - Humans are prey to a race of creatures who want
to eat their flesh (or "Brainzzz!"). In most stories their kind
expands by infecting humans.
The Mummy =
Strong, silent type driven by passion
Note: There are a lot of stories even on
this page that fit this "unstoppable" archetype as well such as the
Terminator or Jason Voorhees (Friday
the 13th), although the motivation may be different.
Meyers (from Halloween)
A killer relentlessly pursues the female object of his interest.
Phantom of the
Opera = "I'm ugly, so I'll love you afar."
Bergerac (which actually predates the Phantom) - A disfigured
man attempts to woo a beauty through his artistic creations and via a
the Black Lagoon = Collision of two cultures
See also Modern incarnations of the
- Humans aren't prepared to handle the product of a separate
- An alien from another world is taken in by children.
Legend of Tarzan - A human child is raised by apes.
I'm sure there are others I'm missing. If so, email me your suggestions!