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Victor Frankenstein – available now on Virgin Movies

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It’s alive! Mary Shelley’s legendary sci-fi gothic horror story is given an action-packed revamp starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe in the creepy Victor Frankenstein, available now on Virgin Movies.  McAvoy plays Frankenstein, a fiercely ambitious, unconventional trainee physician determined to discover the secret of life itself and play God by splicing body parts together to form a living, breathing creature. 

By his side is his friend and protégé Igor (Radcliffe), a hunchback circus performer Victor rescues and performs life-changing surgery on. We see the story unfold through Igor’s eyes, bringing a fresh new perspective to the legend. The bond between the two is unshakeable and as Frankenstein’s increasingly deranged obsession grows, only Igor can help him. Together they change the course of science – and humankind – forever, but not without consequences…

Their horrifying creation cannot be easily controlled and it’s only a matter of time before it is discovered, especially with God-fearing Inspector Roderick Turpin (Andrew Scott) sniffing around asking questions about missing body parts and determined to put a stop to any immoral, sinful practices. 

If you think you know all there is to know about the Frankenstein story, think again, this film brings a fresh, inventive twist to the tale. Part buddy movie, part good old fashioned monster movie, part action extravaganza, this film is jam packed with fantastic effects, heart-pounding action sequences and witty one-liners. Like Guy Ritchie’s modern spin on Sherlock Holmes, writer Max Landis and director Paul McGuigan have breathed new life into this familiar tale, making it energetic, dynamic and lots of fun. There’s nothing subtle about this film, it’s entertainingly over the top and playful, with lots of cheeky nods to previous adaptations of the Frankenstein story for those with beady eyes.

James McAvoy is clearly having a ball playing Victor Frankenstein, ramping his performance up to 11 and letting rip as Victor becomes alarmingly unhinged. The chemistry he has with co-star Daniel Radcliffe makes for a beautiful bromance and they are joined by a cast of top talent, including Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Andrew Scott (Pride), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Freddie Fox (Cucumber). 

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The monster makers: Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy help breathe new life into a familiar tale

The monster makers: Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy help breathe new life into a familiar tale

Victor Frankenstein trivia

In Mary Shelley’s original novel, Frankenstein did not have an assistant, but ‘Igor’ has frequently cropped up as an assistant to gothic villains such as Frankenstein and Dracula in TV and film adaptations.

There are many links between Victor Frankenstein and the BCC series Sherlock - Andrew Scott plays Moriaty in the series, which Mark Gatiss wrote and appears in. Director Paul McGuigan also directed four episodes of Sherlock.

Mary Shelley started writing her masterpiece, Frankenstein, when she was just 18. She was 20 years old when the novel was published.

Freddie Fox who plays Victor’s arrogant classmate Finnegan, is part of the Fox acting dynasty – the son of Edward Fox and brother of Emilia Fox.

On its publication Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was condemned by critics as “horrible and disgusting absurdity”, but was an instant hit with the public, tapping into contemporary fears about modern scientific advancement and the concern that scientists were trying to play God.

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