Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein first came to life on celluloid over a hundred years ago, with the monster’s appearance in what has become known as “Edison’s Frankenstein.” Although the great inventor had no direct involvement in the making of the silent short, it was made by the studio that bore his name and using his film process, the Edison Kinetogram. Made in 1910, it was the first horror film in cinema history.
It’s interesting to note that Boris Karloff was actually the fourth actor to play Frankenstin’s monster.
More on the silent Frankensteins at the Frankenstein blog.
The entire 13 minute film: