13 thoughts on “WCW: Mary Shelley

  1. ‘Gothic’ sounds great. I watched ‘Lair of the White Worm’ by the same director fairly recently and that was superb: utterly batshit with some terrible acting from the two love interests, but iconic looks for everyone else, plus young Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi.

  2. Way back-in college we has a little “Russellfest” and watched a bunch of his movies all in one day. It was cray cray, lol

    If I remember rightly both Hogg and Claire describe Mary as having red-gold hair, so I suspect that’s why there are so many blond Marys.

  3. My favorite is Anna Maxwell Martin in the Frankenstein Chronicles as it shows her post Shelley (she survived him by almost 30 years). Plus William Blake as a character and Sean Bean as an actor.

  4. I enjoyed Crow’s Eye Production’s Dressing Up video of Mary Shelley. It was released around Halloween and involved the summer of 1816, but I still found it charming.

  5. I’ll take the 2018 version for showing her beat the system and get recognition in her own right.

  6. Also a cameo in the episode of Highlander ‘The Modern Prometheus’ where we find out that part of the inspiration for frankenstein was the fact that Byron was an immortal and Shelley saw him die and come back to life.
    Oh and then in 1997, he gets his head chopped off XD

  7. You missed one of the strangest TV versions, which I remember watching on BBC2 almost fifty years ago. “Shelley” was inexplicably set in the present day – Byron (Peter Bowles) wore a hippyesque velvet jacket and drove a nifty sports car – and Mary was played by Jenny Agutter, Shelley by Richard Chamberlain.

  8. OMG–I am IN LOVE with this post. Yes, Mary Shelley was fascinating IN HER OWN RIGHT. Thank you for showcasing so many on-screen versions of her. I’ve only seen one of these – the hilarious one with Hugh Grant. So, I will be checking for ALL of these versions.

    And also–OMG is that my gone too soon, beautiful and tragic crush MICHAEL HUTCHENCE in 1990’s Frankenstein Unbound???? Whoa! I had no idea he dipped his toes in the film world! I MUST see this one – for him alone. Other notes: 1. The pic from Haunted Summer reminded me that Eric Stoltz could really smolder. 2. Elle Fanning’s costume in the top picture from Mary Shelley 2018 really speaks to me. THANKS AGAIN for this list!!

  9. A little late commenting, but Elsa Lanchester gave the following description of her costume in her autobiography:

    “Mary Shelly’s dress was the most fairy-like creation that I have ever seen before or since in a film. It had a low neck, tiny puffed sleeves and a bodice that continued in a long line to the floor and onto a train about seven feet long. The entire white net dress was embroidered with iridescent sequins–butterflies, stars and moons. It took seventeen Mexican ladies twelve weeks to make it. The dress traveled around the country and appeared in the foyers of all the big openings of Bride of Frankenstein.”

    The dress was so low-cut that a number of shots of it had to be removed to satisfy the censors.

    I always wondered whatever happened to it after that tour it made around the country.

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