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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a bombastic retelling of the original monster novel


This is the fourth adaptation this year, if you’re still keeping track.

“It was on a dreary night in November,” intones teenage Mary Shelley, thrusting a candelabrum in the air and compelling her glib and glamorous friends, poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, physician John Polidori, and stepsister Claire Clairmont, to act out the ghost story roaring from her imagination. It’s the gloomy summer of 1816 in a cabin by Lake Geneva.…

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