TYPE OF VIOLENT WEATHER: Thunderstorm
ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN THE MOVIE: The brilliant young Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive)—along with his hunchbacked assistant Fritz (Dwight Frye)—has spent countless hours working in his castle-tower laboratory. His goal: to create life in a body assembled from parts gathered through dark and nefarious means. The good doctor’s fiancée, accompanied by his close friend and a university mentor, are on hand in the laboratory on a dark and stormy night—and witness the lightning strikes that animate the monster (played so memorably by Boris Karloff) and prompt Frankenstein to utter his now-familiar cry: “It’s alive!”
RANDOM (BUT SLIGHTLY RELEVANT) FACTOID: A lightning bolt can contain as much as 100 million volts of electricity—and raise the temperature of surrounding air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
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