The writers Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Polidori gathered at Byron’s Swiss mansion where they took a project upon themselves to create scary stories.
In the film, the mansion is the scene of their fearful apparitions and haunting tales come to life.
Their ghost story sessions did lead, of course, to some celebrated works of fiction. The summer itself and the mansion are the stuff of literary legend. The film captures the atmospheric mansion as well as the personalities of the writers.
Because of this haunting summer at Byron’s mansion, young Mary Shelley was inspired to write the tale of “Frankenstein,” one of the most enduring monster tales ever written. Byron wrote “The Vampyre.” Their enduring works have their origin during this unique gathering that the film depicts on screen.
This is a great film for anyone interested in these poets and writers or anyone who likes scary movies. Whatever the case may be, this film will hold your interest with its compelling portrayal of these real-life events. Many literary critics have written about this summer and the profound impact it would have on literature and eventually film.