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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…
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A tough monster, this one. He refuses to die!
Karloff topped his own performance in this lovely sequel. With the help of William Hurlbut's superb screenplay, he has successfully showed the gentle and human side of the misunderstood monster -- A monster who grunted nervously as the woman he rescued condemned him; a monster who smiled awkwardly the first time he heard Schubert's ''Ave Maria'' playing in the distance. There are so many touching scenes I can go on and on and on. Ain't this film marvelous! Emotional too. The scene of Karloff smoking alone is enough to give Bride of Frankenstein a classic status.
If you enjoyed Frankenstein, please love yourself and never miss this great sequel!
It's no where near as good as the first Frankenstein but I liked the scene with the monster and the blind man.
The sequel that James Whale was forced to make is more entertaining than his first stab at the material. Frankenstein (1931) has its merits, surely, but Bride goes camp in wonderful ways, and really brings its special effects game. There are some mild bothers about the movie, in that the Bride herself is only in the movie for about 2 minutes. The title of the movie feeds the misconception among so many people that Frankenstein is the name of the monster. A title that was used later on which would have been much more appropriate is Frankenstein Created Woman (1967).
But there is much to appreciate in these swift 75 minutes, not the least of which being the shot of…
Admittedly...unique, but becomes annoying in how much they force the god complex metaphor continuing on from the original (granted they sort of right that ship by pushing it to a bonkers extreme).
Would be better titled "Frankenstein's Existential Nightmare" for the titular Bride has about 5 minutes of screen time, and as far as I could tell these monster's never participated in any ceremonies, procured marriage licenses, have any notion of what marriage is, etc.
Another great film from director James Whale. The movie is a bit stranger than the first Frankenstein, mixing a set of weird characters with humor and fantastic camera work to bring some interesting contemplative moments to the monster. Although the monster is responsible for a number of deaths, some are understandable after the horrors he's endured, and the sense of his loneliness and longing for kindness are clear.
My main disappointment is that the Bride of the title gets so little screen time. In the few minutes she's on screen, she presents a fascinating figure, twitching like a bird with fascination at the world. She's amazing and I wish she had to be and do more.
While I do appreciate how well-made it is, it was just too melodramatic for me, to the point I could barely enjoy its humor. Great photography, though.
"To a new world of gods and monsters!"
This movie gets better every time I watch it. Full of great characters, dialogue and action.
"We belong dead."
While it lacks the moral depth and heart that made Frankenstein the beast of a masterpiece that it is, Bride of Frankenstein is great aswell. The Monster looks even better, the sets are fantastic, and by god, the people in the little jars is done with some magnificent SFX. Its cute, and its fun, I do wish i got to see more of The Bride before the credits rolled, but it didnt take much away from the big picture.
essa continuação do Frankenstein explora os mesmos temas que o James Whale já tinha desenvolvido no primeiro filme, mas de forma mais aprofundada. é um estudo de um personagem bom mas inocente, jogado em um mundo ruim e que acaba então por tomar atitudes muito erradas, feito de forma ainda mais inteligente e cheia de nuances. o filme estende empatia pra todos os personagens, e até os mais malvados têm humanidade. e acaba por ser uma história muito comovente, principalmente por causa da amizade linda entre o monstro e o violinista cego, em que o filme alcança uma bondade bem sincera, um humanismo puro, difícil de encontrar.
o mais legal é que é uma tragédia bem complexa, que mostra como…
Feels like a comedy. It is more entertaining than the first.
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