By: Sharoll Jackson
Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/9/2016 – Entering the ScareLA at the Pasadena Convention Center for a two-day Halloween lovers’ summertime event was set up with scary interactive experiences, presentations, demos, workshops, games, horror movie screenings, products, and services that entertained and catered to the fun-loving and the horror-slasher preferences of thousands of attendees.
Robert Thorn, an exhibitor and hardcore Frankenstein enthusiast, eagerly shared his story about his personal connection with the most famous of all monster special effects – the ‘Frankenstein Monster’ played by Boris Karloff in Universal Studio’s 1931 film. Jack Pierce was the creator of the prop head and he made many monster contributions including The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), The Raven (1935), The Wolf Man 9 (1941), Phantom of the Opera (1943) and others; inspiring Hollywood make-up artists to up their game. Robert stated that this is “the 85th anniversary of Frank this month.”
The model head of the Frankenstein Monster came into Robert’s family when his grandfather returned home with the prop from a yard sale in Hollywood Hills. When they were little guys, Robert’s uncle would carry the head down the hallway and try to scare him, but Robert wasn’t scared and he “loved that Frankenstein would visit.” He grew up asking if he could have it for his personal collection.
“Ten years ago, my mom called and said – hey, we found Frank, come pick him up!” When he went to pick it up, he stood in the same hallway from his childhood and they walked the head toward him – a flashback moment like no other. “It’s the holy grail of horror movie monsters” he proclaimed.
Robert’s Frankenstein t-shirt shop is in Fountain Valley; he’s also a fierce tattoo artist and drummer.
Thinking of the future, he mentioned that he has an idea of helping kids who want to get into special effects makeup and that he may expand into jewelry, masks, and other collectibles. He’s most thankful for a great family, and for sure that includes Frank who has been in the family for over 60 years.