The ‘Bolts’ on the Creature’s Neck in Frankenstein (1931) (film still from Frankenstein)

Frankenstein (1931)

Those metal studs in the creature’s neck, much beloved by the makers of horror parodies and Halloween costumes, aren’t bolts at all.

They’re electrodes, left over from the mechanism that fed electricity into the creature’s body when he was brought to life. So leave the spanner set at home when you go the storm the castle / windmill / wherever he’s got himself holed up this time: it’s not going to do you one bit of good.

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