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OCTOBER 27 -DECEMBER 10, 2004   

F R A N K E N S T E I N  

Penetrating the Secrets of Nature   










Photo of The Bride of Frankenstein movie poster

Poster of the Bride of Frankenstein, 1935 Courtesy of the  Granger
Collection, New York


Inventor Thomas Edison's Frankenstein, produced in 1910, is the first film version of Mary Shelley's work. Perhaps the best known Frankenstein film, however, is the 1931 version produced by Universal Studios, which stars Boris Karloff as the creature.

As depicted in this poster from the 1935 sequel, Bride of Frankenstein, actress Elsa Lanchester played both Mary Shelley and the creature's intended mate. Lanchester's striking, streaked hair and stark makeup have made her image, like that of Boris Karloff, recognizable to millions in the years since 1935.

Use the following links to search for videos and music owned by the UCF Libraries:

I Frankenstein Films - Primarily produced by Universal Studios & Hammer Film Productions

II Frankenstein Films - About the creation of Mary Shelley's novel or the making of various film versions

III Frankenstein -Themed Films - Fiction and non-fiction about issues evoked by Mary Shelley's novel such as cloning, philosophical issues, medical ethics, and science run amok

IV Frankenstein Music CDs - From concertos to rock operas

I Frankenstein Films

Primarily Universal Studios & Hammer Film Productions

Cinema Series!
Abbott & Costello
Meet Frankenstein

Tuesday, November 16th
 Library, Room 223, 7 pm

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein 

A comic horror film in which Abbott and Costello encounter Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and a mad scientist. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi.  Universal, 1948.


DVD, 83 mins

PN1997 .A254 2000


The Bride

Dr. Frankenstein builds the perfect woman and lives to regret it, as Frankenstein's creations look for their place in the world. Cast: Jennifer Beals, Sting, Anthony Higgins, Clancy Brown, David Rappaport, Geraldine Page. 1985.


VHS, 119 mins

PN1997. B7423 1993


The Bride of Frankenstein

Baron Frankenstein is blackmailed by Dr. Praetorious into reviving his monster and building a mate for it. Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Jobson, Elsa Lanchester. Universal, 1935.

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DVD, 75 mins

PN1997. B7425 1999


The Curse of Frankenstein

A young German nobleman has uncovered life's mystery and unleashed a chain of blood-curdling terrors that seem similar to the monstrous horrors of a generation earlier. Outraged, the local citizenry imprisons the nobleman and condemns him to death, hoping to blot his family's ignominious name. The townspeople now understand something their forebears did not--the young man's name is more than a name, it's the curse of Frankenstein. Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart. Hammer, 1957.


VHS, 83 mins

PN1997. C896 1985


The Evil of Frankenstein

Baron von Frankenstein attempts to resurrect his original monster with the help of Zoltan, a mystical hypnotist. Cast: Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont. Universal, 1964.


VHS, 87 mins

PN1997. E835 1992


Flesh for Frankenstein

Andy Warhol's Frankenstein. The mad Baron Frankenstein is married to his sister, Katrin. With their two children they live a demented sitcom family's life; hubby rushes off to his lab and wife complains of neglect. With his trusty servant, Otto, the baron has constructed a heroic female and now plans to make her a male mate. Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Monique Van Vooren, Udo Kier, Arno Juergining, Dalila di Lazzaro, Srdjan Zelenovic. 1973.


DVD, 95 mins

PN1997 .F564 1998

Cinema Series!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004,
 Library, Room 223,
at approximately 8:30 pm


The best known adaptation, though not the most faithful to Mary Shelley's novel about the scientist who creates a terrifying monster.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clark, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye.  Universal, 1931.


VHS, 71 mins
and DVD 71 mins

PN1997 .F72 1991
and PN1995.9.H6 F735 1999


Frankenstein Created Woman

Baron Frankenstein captures the soul of a recently executed man and instills it in a young woman, Christina. With the memories of the young man still intact, Christina starts to kill those who falsely accused the young man of murder.  Cast: Peter Crushing, Susan Denberg. Hammer, 1967.


DVD, 92 mins

PN1997.F7235 2000


Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

The Wolf Man meets Frankenstein's monster in a snarling, moaning free-for-all which ends in a watery grave for both. Cast: Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Patric Knowles, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lionel Atwill, Ilona Massey. Universal, 1942.

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VHS, 73 mins

PN1997.F7235 2000


Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Frankenstein wields his scalpel on the cutting edge of medical research, experimenting with brain transplants. Alas, the procedure is imperfect. Cast:  Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones.  Hammer, 1970.


VHS, 103 mins

PN1997.F724 1994

Cinema Series!

Monday, November 8, 2004
Library, Room 223, at 8:30 pm

Frankenstein Nosferatu

This was cinema's first Frankenstein film, created by inventor Thomas Edison in 1910. Nosferatu, created by F.W. Murnau in 1922, was cinema's first vampire film. These two films were the genesis of monster and horror films that followed.


DVD, 15 mins

PN1995.75.F73 2003


Frankenstein Unbound

A brilliant scientist experimenting in the year 2031 finds himself thrust into 19th century Geneva, where he meets Dr. Frankenstein. Cast: John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda, Jason Patric, Michael Hutchence, Nick Brimble. 1991.


VHS, 86 mins

PN1997.F28 1991


The Ghost of Frankenstein

When Ygor brings the monster to Frankenstein's country castle, the doctor decides that a brain transplant might be in order. While Frankenstein thinks the transplant should be of a healthy and sane brain, Ygor plots with Frankenstein's unscrupulous colleague Dr. Bohmer to transplant Ygor's brain instead, so that he can rule the world using the monster's body. Their plan turns sour when the monster becomes malevolent and goes on a rampage in the nearest town. Cast: Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Ralph Bellamy, Lionel Atwell, Bela Lugosi, Evelyn Ankers, Lon Chaney, Jr. Universal, 1942.


VHS, 90 mins

PN1997. G46 1993


Horror of Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein returns from medical school with a depraved taste for beautiful women and fiendish experiments. But when the doctor runs out of fresh body parts for his "research", he turns to others to complete his gruesome creation. Cast: Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara, Veronica Carlson, Dennis Price.  Hammer, 1970.


DVD, 71 mins

PN1997.H675 2001


House of Frankenstein

A deranged scientist escapes from prison and revives Count Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and the Wolf Man in order to kill those responsible for his imprisonment. Cast: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr.  Universal, 1944.

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DVD, 95 mins

PN1997.H675 2001


Lady Frankenstein

After her father, the Baron Frankenstein, is killed by one of his creations, Lady Tania creates a monster of her own to defeat it. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Sara Bay (i.e. Rosalba Neri) Paul Muller, Peter Whiteman, Herbert Fux, Mickey Hargitay. 1971.


DVD, 83 mins

PN1997.F433 2002

Cinema Series!
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Monday, November 22, 2004
Library, Room 223, at 7 pm

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Adaptation of the classic horror story in which a young doctor creates life. The creature he assembles from the bodies of convicts and the brain of a brilliant scientist soon realizes that he will be rejected by society and goes on a rampage seeking revenge on the doctor who gave him life. Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hulce, Aidan Quinn, Ian Holm, John Cleese. 1994.


VHS, 123 mins
and DVD, 123 mins

PN1997.F433 1995
and PN1995.9.H6M37 1998


The Revenge of Frankenstein

Rescued from the guillotine by his devoted dwarf, Frankenstein moves to Carlsbruck, where he becomes known as Dr. Stein. Under the guise of charity work he continues his experiments, planning to transplant the dwarf's brain into his latest creation, a normal body sewn together from "donations" of the poor. Cast: Peter Cushing, Eunice Gayson, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn. Hammer, 1958.


VHS, 90 mins

PN1997.R4855 1995


Son of Frankenstein

The son of Dr. Frankenstein returns to his ancestral castle twenty-five years after the infamous monster's "death." There he meets Ygor, a mad shepherd who is hiding the body of the creature.  The young doctor revives his father's creation in the hope of rehabilitating him and clearing the family name. Universal, 1939.


VHS, 99 mins

PN1995.9. H6 M37 1992


Terror of Frankenstein

The film version most faithful to Mary Shelley's novel. While still in medical school, Victor Frankenstein becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life. Despite the ridicule of his peers, he conducts private experiments in the rejuvenation of dead tissue. Using bodies stolen from the morgue, he assembles a human cadaver and revives it with the electrical charge of lightning. Cast: Leon Vitali, Per Oscarsson, Nicholas Clay, Stacey Dorning, Jan Ohlsson. 1977.

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DVD, 90 mins

PN1997. T4 2003

Cinema Series!
Young Frankenstein

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Outdoors on the Mall , at 8pm
(between CL 1 and HPA 1)
(In case of rain Student Union,
Pegasus Ballroom A & B)

Young Frankenstein

The best known Frankenstein spoof. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein soon discovers the scientist’s step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchbacked Igor and the curvaceous Inga, he creates a monster who only wants to be loved. Cast: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars, Madeline Kahn. 1974.


DVD, 106 mins

PN1995.9.F8 Y68 1998

II Frankenstein Films

 About the creation of Mary Shelley's novel or the making of various film versions


Gods and Monsters

It’s 1957, and Hollywood director James Whale’s heyday as the director of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied by images from his past. When his dour housekeeper Hannah hires handsome young gardener Clayton Boone, the gay director and the simple yardman develop an unlikely friendship. Cast: Ian McKellen, Brandon Fraser, Lynn Redgrave. Universal, 1998.

DVD, 106 mins

PS3552.R2817F382 1999


Gothic (1987)

In 1816, a sprawling villa in Switzerland is the setting for a stormy night of horror and madness. Lord Byron and Percy Shelly, Shelley's fiancée Mary Godwin, her stepsister Claire Clairemont and Byron's friend John Polidori spend a hallucinogenic evening confronting their fears and share the terrifying fantasies that chase them through the castle that night. Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Myriam Cyr, Timonthy Spall.  1986.


VHS, 87 mins
and DVD, 87 mins

PN1997.G68 1987
and PN1997.G678 2002


Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Frankenstein, The Making of the Monster

(Films for the Humanities and Sciences.) The Shelleys and Byron wiled away part of a rainy summer in Switzerland reading and writing ghost stories; Frankenstein was Mary Shelley's contribution. But Frankenstein is more than a great ghost story. Its theme-- that we do not know the monsters our minds can create-- is perhaps even more valid today. 1994.

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VHS, 50 mins

PR5397.F7 1994


Rowing with the Wind

While visiting friends at a secluded estate, an extraordinary woman, Mary Shelley, envisions a terrifying beast that turns into a human creation. From that moment on, she is powerless to stop the relentless torment of her sinister brainchild-- a living nightmare that threatens to destroy all that she loves.  Cast: Hugh Grant, Lizzy McInnerny, Valentine Pelka, Elizabeth Hurley, Jose Luis Gomez, Virginia Mataix, Roman Vibert, Jose Carlos Rivas. 1987.


VHS, 95 mins

PN1997.R69 1999


The True Story of Frankenstein

A behind-the-scenes look at the film history of Mary Shelley's classic monster. Film clips of the Frankenstein movies are interspersed with interviews with Robert DeNiro, Kenneth Branagh, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, Helena Bonham Carter and others associated with Shelley's tale. 1994.


VHS, 100 mins

PR5397. F75 1995

III Frankenstein -Themed Films

Fiction and non-fiction about issues evoked by Mary Shelley's novel such as cloning, philosophical issues, medical ethics, and science run amok


The 6th Day

Adam is an ace pilot in the very near future who is having a serious identity crisis. An evil corporation illegally cloned him, and now they're trying to kill him to hide the evidence. Adam races against time to reclaim his life and save the world from the underground cloning movement. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rapaport, Michael Rooker, Robert Duvall. 2000.


DVD(2), 124 mins

PN1997 .S5188 2002


Alien Legacy

Includes Alien 1979, Aliens 1986, Aliens 3 1992, Alien Insurrection 1997. Cast: Sigourney Weaver.


4 DVDs, 493 mins

PN1997. A35482 1999


Altered States

The incredible terrifying tale of a research scientist experimenting with altered states of consciousness and the horrors he finds in secret landscapes of the mind. Cast: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid. 1980.

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VHS, 103 mins

PN1997.A338 1999


Blade Runner

Los Angeles, 2019: Deckard, an expert "blade runner," must identify and execute four replicants, (genetically engineered beings virtually identical to humans) which have illegally returned to earth from their off-world slave duty.Based on Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah. 1982.


DVD, 117 mins

PN1997. B632 1999


Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

The Candyman returns during the wild New Orleans Mardi Gras to destroy the descendants of those who destroyed him. Cast: Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William O'Leary, Bill Nunn, Matt Clark, Timonthy Carhart, Veronica Cartwright. 1995.

(The screenwriter for Candyman, Mark Kruger, is one of UCF's speakers, on November 8th.)


DVD, 91 mins

PN1997.C252 2001



A young doctor at a Boston hospital becomes suspicious when healthy young people (with harvestable organs) undergoing routine operations are mysteriously slipping into irreversible comas. Cast: Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn. 1978.


DVD, 113 mins

PN1997. C654 1999


Deconstructing Supper

Documentary film that looks at the way modern food is produced through genetic modification and through organic farming in Canada, Europe, India, and the United States. 2002.


VHS, 47 mins

Rosen Audio Visual
TP248.65.F66 D43 2002


Designer Babies

Examines the growing field of human reproduction technology. Now it is possible to choose a baby's gender and to screen embryos for potential diseases, but what happens when the technology can be used to predetermine a child's size and intelligence? Will science answer the ethical questions that arise? 2001.

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VHS, 51 mins

RG133.5 D47 2001


Edward Scissorhands

As the result of an inventor's sudden death, his creation Edward is left with long, sharp scissors instead of hands. Edward is brought from his lonely castle to a stylized, pastel suburb by a kindly Avon lady, who tries to make a home for him with her family and neighbors, with alarming, darkly comic results. Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin. 1990.


DVD, 100 mins

PN1997. E359 2000


El Espíritu de la Colmena: The Spirit of the Beehive

After the Civil War, a Spanish family lives in retreat in the countryside. When a traveling cinema truck comes to their village, two little sisters are profoundly affected by viewing the old film, Frankenstein. The younger girl becomes so obsessed with its images and story that she tries to recreate it in reality. The hypnotic mood of the driven child permeates the film itself, building a sense of dread not unlike that of a horror film, but based on the poetry of a child's imagination. Cast: Fernando Fernan Gomez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torent. 1973.
(Spanish with English subtitles).


VHS, 93 mins

PN1997. E7995 1988
and PN1997.S6562



A puppet film -- it's alive and ready to deliver nonstop comedy in Steve Oedekerk's outrageous spoof on a classic horror film. With incredible stylistic detail, Oedekerk brings gothic laboratories, hunchbacks and even a deceased Thumb back to life! 2001.


DVD, 32 mins

PN1995.9.P8 F7 2001



Sparky, an ordinary family dog, becomes Frankenweenie through an extraordinary set of circumstances. He and the Frankenstein family share an exciting yet bizarre adventure. Cast: Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Barret Oliver. 1984.

  VHS, 27 mins

PN1995.9.C55 F7 1992



This film features a cast of actual side-show freaks, yet the film soon reveals that the normal members of the traveling carnival are the true monsters, pitiless, conniving and murderous!. Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Rosco Ates. 1932.


VHS, 65 mins

PN1997 .F732 1990


House of Dracula

A horror melodrama about the terror Dracula brings upon a household. Cast: Lon Chaney, Martha O'Driscoll, John Carradine, Lionel Atwill, Onslow Stevens, Glenn Strange, Jane Adams, Ludwig Stossel. Universal, 1945.

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VHS, 67 mins

PN1997 .H68 1993


Lilo & Stitch

The result of an illegal experiment in genetic mutation, Experiment #626 is so horrifyingly hostile that its inventors have locked it up. It escapes to Earth where Lilo, a young Hawaiian girl, mistakes it for a strange dog, adopts it, and renames it Stitch. As Stitch becomes part of Lilo's unusual family life, Lilo's innocence and the aloha spirit of the Islands confuse and ultimately civilize the creature. Animated film. 2002.

DVD, 85 mins

PN1997.5. L555 2002


Munster, Go Home

After Fred inherits an uncle's English estate, the Munster family goes to England where Fred uncovers a counterfeiting ring and upholds the family honor by driving his Drag-u-la special in the annual road race. Cast: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick. 1966.


DVD, 96 mins

PN1997. M873 1999


The Man with Two Brains

A wacky brain surgeon mourns for his wife and then falls for a beauty who hides a heart of stone.  The situation is hopeless until his oddball research offers a ray of hope. Cast: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner. 1983.


DVD, 90 mins

PN1997.M262 1999



The story of a 21st century city run by a "super trustee" and his collaborators who live in a paradise-like garden. Workers are totally enslaved by machines and condemned to live underground. In the midst of this misery, a young woman, Maria, arises and attempts to inspire the workers to throw off their oppressors. Silent with subtitles. Cast: Brigitte Helm, Gustav Frohlich, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Alfred Abel.  1925.


DVD, 124 mins

PN1997 .M4652 2002


DVD, 115 mins

PN1997 .M465 1998


DVD, 87 mins

PN1997.1 .M45


VHS 115 mins

PT2615.A62 M4 1984


Monster Mash, the Movie

Based on the original stage musical I'm Sorry the Bridge is Out, You'll Have to Spend the Night. Cast: Candace Cameron, Ian Bohen, Sarah Douglas, John Kassir, Bobby Pickett. 1995.

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VHS, 82 mins

PN1997.M748 1996


Playing God (Human Cloning)

(Films for the Humanities & Sciences) This program presents a close-up view of reproduction, beginning with the fertilization of the female egg, through gestation and the millions of cell divisions, and culminating in the birth of a fully formed individual. Each stage of the development is visualized in sequence: when the heart begins to beat, when the limbs develop, when the child first moves and responds to stimuli, and when it offers its first cry to the world at the moment of birth. 2001.


VHS, 50 mins

QH442.2. P53 2001


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof. A couple of ordinary kids have car trouble one dark and rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. They are stunned to learn that they have stumbled into an ongoing convention of kinky characters, hosted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transsexual. Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick. 1975.


VHS, 100 mins

PN1997. R57549 2000
and PN1997. R57549 H4


The Sci-Fi Files - Children of Frankenstein

For centuries, science fiction has predicted the future. This film series explores the history of this art form using clips from films and interviews. Narrator: Mark Hamill. 1998.


VHS, 50 mins

PN1995.9.S26.S355 1998


The Terminator

In 2029, giant super-computers dominate the planet. To destroy man's future by changing the past, they send an indestructible cyborg, a Terminator, back in time to kill a woman whose unborn son will become mankind's only hope. Can Sarah protect herself from this unstoppable menace? Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield. 1984.


VHS, 107 mins
and DVD, 108 mins

PN1997. T4651
and PN1997.T46512 2001


Terminator 2- Judgment Day

A lethal cyborg, the T-1000, has been sent back from 2029 A.D. to present-day Los Angeles on a mission to kill the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. A duplicate of the original terminator cyborg is reprogrammed and sent to save the boy, assisted by the boy's mother, a woman warrior whose warnings of a world headed toward nuclear disaster go unheeded. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton, Edward Furlong.  1991.


2 DVDs, 360 mins

PN1997. T46522 2000


Universal Soldier

Two soldiers who killed each other in Vietnam are brought back to life 25 years later for a secret government program as genetically enhanced killing machines with no memory, no feelings, and no free will. Everything goes awry when the memory of one man begins to return. Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker, Ed O'Ross, Jerry Orbach.  1992.


DVD, 102 mins

PN1997. U55 1999


Universal Soldier: The Return

With the Cold War over and Defense budgets slashed, the entire Universal Soldier team is facing elimination, including Seth, the super-computer that controls the ultra-warriors. Seth decides to seek revenge by destroying his creators and implementing a reign  of terror on the outside world. Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, Bill Goldberg. 1999.

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DVD, 83 mins

PN1977.U556 1999


Weird Science

A nerdy computer whiz and his best friend use a computer to conjure up the woman of their dreams; an update of the Frankenstein legend. Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Rusler. Universal, 1992.


VHS, 94 mins

PN1977.W424 1992


Will Venton's Claymation Comedy of Horrors

Wilshire Pig and Sheldon Snail try to find Dr. Frankenswine's monster at the doctor's creepy castle.  1991.


VHS, 27 mins

PN1977.5 W4

IV Frankenstein Music CDs

From concertos to rock operas


Edgar Winter Group

They Only Come Out at Night  Rock songs and music. 1972


Compact Disc

Media Collection  M1630.18.E415T43



Frankenstein the musical. Music by Mark Baron. A full length 21-song musical. 2003


Compact Disc

Media Collection
M1500.B37F2 2003



Frankenstein: the rock operaMusic by Justin Perkinson and Ty Morse. An original 35 song rock opera done by students at Davidson College in North Carolina.


Compact Disc

Media Collection
M1500.P44F7 2003


Gruber, Heinz Karl

Frankenstein!!  A pan-demonium for chansonnier and ensemble after children's rhymes by H.C. Artmann. 1996


Compact Disc, 65 mins

Media Collection
M3.1.G78F7 1997

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