Life Without Soul (lost silent film adaptation of "Frankenstein"; 1915)
Life Without Soul was a silent American horror film released back in 1915. It was written by Jesse J. Goldberg and directed by Joseph W. Smiley. This was the second film adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein.
It told the tale of a wealthy physician who discovers a "Fluid of Life" that can animate the dead. While reading Shelley's Frankenstein, Frawley falls asleep and dreams about animating a clay statue called "The Creation" (Percy Standing). After witnessing the horrors of the monster, Frawley awakens from his dream and destroys the elixir.
This five-part film was produced by the Ocean Film Corporation and featured English-born actor Percy Darrell Standing wearing little to no make-up as the 'Brute Man'. The film was reissued in 1916 by the Raver Film Corporation with added scientific documentary footage detailing the reproduction methods of fish.
The film has been lost for many years and has not yet surfaced anywhere. It is unknown if any copy of the film still exists.
Some stills of the movie and a promotional pamphlet have resurfaced, the latter describing the plot in some detail.
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- British Film Institute entry on the film. Retrieved 26 Oct '19
- Stephen Jones. The Essential Monster Movie Guide. Billboard Books. 2000. Pg. 224