Frankenfilms: Mary Shelley’s Novel at the Movies (Members-Only Program)

Date / Time

  • March 3, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join Sundays with Frankenstein hosts Edward G. Pettit and Dan Hodge for a conversation about the history of film adaptations of Mary Shelley’s novel. From Thomas Edison’s silent short film to the Universal and Hammer Horror films to contemporary adaptations, Frankenstein has haunted movies since the creation of film.  We’ll talk about some of our favorites and why this novel has been so meaningful for so long. We’ll also get a peak at a few items from Hodge’s memorabilia collection. An audience Q&A will follow the conversation.

This event is free for all Rosenbach members and Delancey Society members. After registration, you will receive the link via email. Be sure to check your spam folder. 


About the Speakers

Edward G. Pettit is the Sunstein Manager of Public Programs at The Rosenbach. In a former life, he taught monster books at a Philadelphia university. He recently presented the series Sundays with Dracula and is now presenting the weekly show Sundays with Frankenstein. When not participating in reading marathons, he can usually be found at literary-themed cocktail parties.  


Dan Hodge has been an actor and director in the regional theatre for over twenty years. A mainstay on Philadelphia stages, he has been seen at the Arden, the Wilma, the Walnut, InterAct, Theatre Exile, and many others. As a co-founder of the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, he has honed his skills on classical texts, becoming one of the region’s most active directors of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Funnily enough, the inspiration to become an actor came from seeing Boris Karloff’s performance in the 1931 Universal FRANKENSTEIN. An impressionable eight year old, that performance arrested his imagination, and gave him his life’s work. To his delight, he had the opportunity to give his best Peter Cushing impersonation, playing Victor Frankenstein in Luna Theatre’s production of MONSTER in 2008. A collector since high school (and before), he has amassed a collection of horror film memorabilia stretching back into the 1920s. It is a source of both pride and shame. 


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