Is this a Western? (Episode 2) Challenge: Frankenstein

Posted on: April 6, 2020

Challenge: Frankenstein

The Autry’s media specialist, Anton Lieberman, suggested Frankenstein. Here’s how Josh responded:

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Is This a Western? (Ep. 2)

There are countless renditions of Frankenstein on film. Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter, mediocre print and all, is a strange and entertaining one, if a bit slapdash. For a brand-new, kind of creepy Western music video, check out Orville Peck’s new tune “Summertime.” If you’re interested in the intersection of the horror genre and the West, you should pick up Brad Sykes’s book Terror in the Desert: Dark Cinema of the American Southwest (Sykes has selected several films for the Autry’s “Weird West” series, including Ghost Town, Curse of the Undead, John Carpenter’s Vampires, and Duel). And to take things in a whole different direction, pulpy monster movies remind me of Pulp Fiction, which features Link Wray’s inimitable rock instrumental “Rumble,” namesake of the wonderful documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. This tells the largely unknown story of the rock ’n’ roll heroes who, like Wray (Shawnee descent), were Native American and brought that identity to their music.

Bonus: Here’s a free audiobook of the 1831 edition of Frankenstein