SCRIPTER TALKS FRANKENSTEIN
Screenwriter Mark Kruger?no stranger to horror franchises, with credits including CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH and a currently-in-development BLADE animated series?tackled his biggest genre name yet with the Hallmark Channel?s upcoming FRANKENSTEIN. The two-part movie, premiering October 5-6, directed by Kevin (MOTEL HELL) Connor and starring Alec (DUNE) Newman and Luke (BLADE II) Goss, was a daunting challenge for the writer, but an experience he enjoyed. ?In rereading Mary Shelley?s novel?I had read it several times over the years?I was struck by how much she had left out of the story,? Kruger says. ?There?s so much that is implied, and events that happen offscreen, that we don?t see but are told about. It?s a lot of people telling [things to] people. It?s Victor recounting his story to Walton, it?s the monster recounting his story to Victor. There?s a great structure in the book, but the challenge for me was constructing full-blooded characters. And taking elements we?ve seen a million times before in every Frankenstein movie, and hopefully giving it maybe a bit of a different spin, so that I?m not doing what?s already been done.
?Kevin Connor was really faithful to my script,? Kruger continues, ?and took it upon himself to protect it and everything that was important in it, that we felt was important storywise and emotionally. So for better or for worse, I can say that they shot my script. You hear lots of people say, ?Oh, I blame the director.? But I?m really thrilled. It was a wonderful experience, and I feel very fortunate.? See FANGORIA #237, on sale this month, for a FRANKENSTEIN set visit.
Courtesy of Fangoria