Article by: Vincent J. Fitzgerald
If I were to ask horror fans which monster has a square head and bolts protruding from his neck, the universal answer would be the sympathetic, misunderstood creation of Henry Frankenstein. In fact, I contend the image is indelible enough to transcend the world of horror and be embedded in the psyches of non-horror fans as well.
Since the 1910 production of Frankenstein, directed by Thomas Edison, and starring Charles Ogle as the monster, there have been variations of the monster’s appearance faithful to the source material, as was Robert DeNiro’s in Kenneth Branagh’s, Frankenstein (1994), and incarnations that missed the mark during the heyday of Hammer films in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
The man who put the bolts in Karloff’s neck, gave him the gory scar on his forehead, and shortened jacket sleeves to create the illusion of lanky arms is the legendary, but I fear forgotten, Jack Pierce.