Of all the movie monsters in the pop culture canon, Frankenstein is certainly the least sexy. He doesn't have the dark glamor of vampires or the animal magnetism of werewolves. Even ghosts and zombies get to enjoy the occasional heroic role or love story in the movies.
Poor Frank has it tough -- what with the lumbering and the groaning and the stitched together corpse parts. He's a hard sell as a movie star. But that hasn't stopped Hollywood from trying. The new film "I, Frankenstein," opening in theaters today, hopes to flip the script by casting the impossibly handsome Aaron Eckhart as a modern-day Frankenstein, squaring off against gargoyles and demons and other CGI baddies.
The Frankenstein story has taken many forms in films and sci-fi literature over the years, to the point where it's become a genre unto itself. Here we take a look at the history and science behind the Frankenstein story, from its origins as a 19th century Gothic novel to contemporary notions on the scientific possibilities of reanimating dead tissue.