Fulcanelli as a vampiric Frankenstein and Jesus as his vampiric monster
The Frankenstein and Dracula myths in Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos
in Monstrous adaptations
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

Fulcanelli, an early twentieth-century alchemist, describes his art as 'a spiritualistic chemistry, for it allows people to catch a glimpse of God through the darkness of substance'. In the opening scene of Guillermo del Toro's Cronos, a fictional representation of Fulcanelli has discovered the secrets of the unknown animator. Cronos is, therefore, just as much an atypical Frankenstein film as it is an atypical vampire film. Toro has combined the myths of Dracula and Frankenstein in order to form his own creation myth. His film, therefore, takes the evolution of these myths one step further. Rather than containing an image of one dark twin that conjures the other by contrast, as in films like House of Dracula, Cronos presents people with the scientific, vampiric Fulcanelli and his vampiric monster, Jesus.

Monstrous adaptations

Generic and thematic mutations in horror film

Editors: Richard J. Hand and Jay McRoy

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 443 61 7
Full Text Views 152 35 0
PDF Downloads 78 33 0