A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Bride of Frankenstein
The monster demands a mate.
Bride of Frankenstein begins where James Whale's Frankenstein from 1931 ended. Dr. Frankenstein has not been killed as previously portrayed and now he wants to get away from the mad experiments. Yet when his wife is kidnapped by his creation, Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new monster, this time a woman.
I've seen this movie countless times over the whole course of my life, and still it continues to astound me. On every viewing, I can peel back another handful of its infinite mysteries; another smattering of truth reveals itself. Bride may be a monster movie and a sly queer allegory and a wellspring of cartoon parody, but it's not just those things. No, it's also a tight bundle of emotions, ideas, and images that plays around in a genre sandbox while mordantly commenting on nearly every aspect of human existence. Birth, death, sex, marriage, loneliness: nothing is absent from this story. Frankly, rewatching it makes me shocked that it ever got made—not only in the 1930s, but ever. Perhaps the…
"It's alive! It's alive!!"
"Ah, shut it."
Bride of Frankenstein opens with a conversation between a fictional Mary Shelley, along with her husband Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, on the topic of her great novel Frankenstein. She says there's more to the story than was in her book, and from there the film picks up where 1931's Frankenstein left off. But something's different: in place of the previous film's gothic horror atmosphere, there's a tone which is much lighter.
Rather than making a direct sequel to his smash hit (which broke box office records at the time) and playing it straight, James Whale follows up his success by parodying the very thing that brought him fame and fortune. Bride keeps…
As I started my Universal monster movie marathon with Frankenstein it is only fitting that I finish it with James Whale’s sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein. Many consider this to be a rare example of a sequel that is better than the film that preceded it but I’m not quite sure I agree. It is still an undoubtedly brilliant movie that is self-referential, clever and beautifully filmed but I do prefer the simplicity of the original Frankenstein, not least because it is the purer horror film.
Although the story kicks-off almost exactly where Frankenstein finished (watching the iconic windmill burn to the ground) it rather fittingly takes on a life of its own. Instead of a Gothic horror story it…
Even thought I've seen The Bride of Frankenstein many times before, I took an unusual amount of pleasure in re-viewing it this time around. It had been a few years, I think.
If you grew up in the era without videotapes or DVDs, as I did, then you relied on TV for your horror entertainment. I was fortunate to have a public station which offered all the old Universal classics (among others) commercial-free on Saturday nights and in serial form (about 20 minutes per night) early evening on school nights; a network station that ran the Hammer, American International, and Amicus horrors late night; and yet another channel that showed the Abbott and Costello monster movies and the Godzilla flicks…
The Bride Of Frankenstein really does have hair like Kramer!
I've seen the original Frankenstein a couple of times, and there's a good chance I've seen the sequel before as well. If I did it would have been when I was a kid and just don't remember it. I used to watch loads of the vintage 1930s horror films when I was a kid, my uncle used to tape them off late night BBC2 for me every Friday night and I used to watch them on a Saturday morning. One night, though, the golf highlights overran and the tape missed off the end of what I think was Dracula's Daughter. I…
i love this movie
its my only weakness
I actually prefer this to the first one. The characters feel sharper, the pacing seems tighter, the imagery is stronger and more memorable. It's a little sillier than the first (the bit with the tiny people feels like something that would happen in "Young Frankenstein"), but if anything, that only makes it more interesting. The ending is a little anticlimactic. Still a good watch.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My only major complaint is that I really wish Universal didn't interfere in the endings to these movies.
They bailed on killing Henry in the first Frankenstein, then retconned it within five minutes of the sequel. And then they bailed on killing him again. Sort of sucks the impact out a little -- the guy played God, the point is that he deserves to die. These movies are tragedies with unfortunate, tacked-on happy endings.
Also, the Bride only appeared for 5 minutes. Which is very disappointing, since Lanchester is fantastic in her all-too-brief appearance.
That being said, I loved both of these movies. And they're still better than Dracula by several hundred country miles.
What we thought was the end didn’t really finish with what Frankenstein turned out to be. The story continues with The Bride of Frankenstein which ranks among the greatest monster movie sequels of all time.
Like all monster movies it begins on a dark and stormy night with Mary Shelly played by Elsa Lanchester telling her husband Percy played by Douglas Walton and Lord Byron played by Gavin Gordon just where her story left off for she didn’t tell it completely from what we saw in the film. The film begins with where the last film left off. Believing that the Monster played by Boris Karloff to be dead as well as it’s creator Henry Frankenstein played by Colin Clive…
the best sequel of all time same everybody
With it’s beautifully shot gothic atmosphere and entertainingly campy quality, “Bride of Frankenstein” is one of few sequels that are superior to the original.
Next installment of my Universal watch-through with the Teen I Work With
Little does he know it's all downhill from here
<3 <3 Elsa Lanchester <3 <3
To be honest, though, VIP is Ernest Thesiger
Five stars, a million stars
Funny how the film is called 'the bride of frankenstein' but the bride herself only shows up in the end for a few moments.
i love this movie
its my only weakness
Some of the supporting cast’s overacting detracts from the rest of the movie, but BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN has a more winning combination of heart, horror and comedy than most of the other original Universal Monster movies of the time. And I suspect it meant a lot to James Whale as well, at least after I tried to find some behind the scenes info on Dr. Septimus “It’s Not a Name” Pretorious, a character and a performance that feels so out of flow with the rest of the movie that surely there had to be some hidden (or, in hindsight, not really hidden) message. Following that trail I never would have guessed how much of a personal film this surely must…
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