Netflix releases a trailer for its new project Creature. The project looks very much like a Frankenstein movie thriller movie that leans well into the obsession of the novel.
The question here is if Netflix can breathe new life into a story that has been aired on our screens so many times before, and the just-released trailer suggests that it can.
Netflix Releases Trailer for Creature
If it is that you are looking for something a tad bit more cerebral than the average monster movie, then Creature by Çağan Irmak could be just the thing you are looking for. This project is an adaptation and Netflix describes it as a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein that updates the story in question, but it however looks like it will not lose track of the themes of obsession as well as the general grief of the original.
The limited series as you should know is set out in Ottoman-era Istanbul and then focuses on Ziya, a young and rebellious medical student. And after repeatedly seeing people that he cares about die, his ambition is to become a famous doctor and then save people from the epidemics for which there is no cure at the moment. Over the series of eight episodes, it depicts what really happens when Ziya, in cahoots with fellow doctor Ihsan, conducts a forbidden experiment that in question crosses the fine line between genius and insanity with reportedly horrific results.
As highlighted in the trailer shared on YouTube, it looks pretty interesting.
Why This Frankenstein’s Adaptation Is Known As Creature
The show’s title, which as you should know translates from Turkish as ‘creature’, is very much faithful to Shelley’s original too: all through her book the creature that is created by Doctor Frankenstein was only ever called “the creature”, “the wretch”, “the thing” as well as other no-capitals titles that are designed to avoid humanizing it. And if the name of the scientist is not Frankenstein, then you can’t really call it Frankenstein anymore. That’s very much probably a factor they considered.
It’s kind of difficult to decide as to whether this show in question is going to be great or if it will fall into hackneyed horror tropes, but I’m very much optimistic about this one as all the pre-show publicity so far has emphasized the darker elements of Shelley’s story which are the grief of losing people, the hubris of really believing that we can cheat death, the sickening feeling of things going way badly and dangerously out of control, as well as the horror of humans playing God. So it is a safe bet that this very show is not going to have a laugh track.
Why Netflix’s Creature Should Be Good
I really hope that Creature is as good as it looks, simply because of course the real horror of the Frankenstein story was not the monster, the creature, the fiend, or any of the other things the creation of the doctor was termed, although the monster in question is most times the focus of most pop-culture depictions.
The real horror however lived in the second half of the title, which is the bit that is typically forgotten or ignored and that is The Modern Prometheus, the man so arrogant that he believed he could steal fire from the gods. In an era of accelerating climate change, autonomous weapons as well as other modern human-created terrors, the story as you should know is just as resonant as when Shelley first told it back in 1818.
Streaming and Release Date
The series Creature will be streaming on Netflix starting from 20th October.
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