In the first episode of season six, Drunk History gets drunk and scaaaaary with a play on the classic Nickelodeon’s SNICK hit, Are You Afraid of the Dark (If you’re in the 35-45 range and you’re not familiar then you are dead to me and for shame . . . but I hope you’ll continue reading). Rather than telling several tales the episode focuses on one tale told in the campfire style reminiscent of the old Nick show; the writing of one of the classic scary stories – Frankenstein. Hosts include, as always, Derek Waters, as well as comedian Rich Fulcher and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Killing Eve).
Fulcher, seated around a campfire reminiscent of the old Saturday night ghost story show with Waters and Howell-Baptiste, tells the tale of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and all the different young people that hooked up in order for Frankenstein to be written. Starring Seth Rogen as Victor Frankenstein, Elijah Wood as Percy Shelley, Jack McBrayer as Lord Byron, Will Ferrell as the creature, and Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley the focus of the tale is a historical event – 1816: the year without a summer when Mount Tambora erupted and much of the globe experienced the effects. This leads to a lot of indoor time, drug use, and a scary story contest that results in only one complete story – Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, based on the theory of Galvanism.
Seth Rogan flails body parts about in “his own special way” with great nerdiness to create the creature Will Ferrell who reminds everyone watching that Frankenstein was not actually the name of the creature. It’s the name of the doctor and creator. The creature doesn’t have a name. It’s a common misconception. There is killing, dead brides, and quite a lot of burping.