What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this horror movie is tame by today's standards, it does deal with issues of life and death and scientific ethics. Also, there are some killings, including a child who is drowned when a monster throws her into a lake. Younger children might be frightened by the monster, themes of grave-robbing, and the laboratory scenes. Still, older kids accustomed to modern-day horror's fast pace and stylized violence may find the film too "old-school" for their tastes.
- Families can talk about how horror movies have evolved since this movie was released in 1931. What makes a movie scary?
- Do contemporary horror films rely too much on gratuitous violence and gore?
- How does this movie still manage to be scary without resorting to over-the-top content?
- What does the Frankenstein's monster make you feel? Do you feel bad for him?