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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…
God I love these movies.
"Bride of Frankenstein" is just about everything you'd expect a sequel to one of Universal's most highly regarded pictures to be.
Everything that made the original work is still here and further expanded on, with more of a focus on showing how the monsters are more human than their actual creators.
Set quite literally seconds after the ending of the original, Frankenstein's monster is still alive and kicking and now wonders into the woods looking to escape those who want to hurt him even more. But little does the creature know that his creator is still alive, and has a new partner with a new set of toys to play with to make another creature…
"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…
There is a gleeful wackiness at the edges of this, but mostly I just thought it was so sad I had trouble watching it.
Not really much added to the original tbh, interesting in terms of genre melding and humanizing the monster but it's a bit more camp and a lot less creepy.
Classic for a reason. Love Dr. Pretorius.
The acting, at least in the first act, felt more like a stage performance than a movie. An interesting movie and worth taking a look at.
Two scenes, the blind man and Frankenstein, their friendship born bereft of judgement, is the kind of quixotic relationship that we should all strive for.
Secondly at the films conclusion, the ephemeral image of Frankenstein's tear rolling slowly down his face while the tower begins to crash down around him, is so utterly humanistic that it evokes layers of depth almost instantaneously. You begin to realise that you're watching the culmination of Whale's entire filmography, the grandiose paired with the substantive to create a moment so perfect you swear it were made from something divine.
I want a sitcom with the monster and the blind man, 'cause that was the nicest and most heartwarming thing
"Yes! A woman! That will be interesting!"
I mean… it's The Bride of Frankenstein… it's just awesome to see anything like this on the big screen. I haven't seen this in nearly 20 years probably (this feels like a recurring theme this year) and I'd entirely forgotten how much of the stuff I love in Branagh's version of the original came from here. The scene with the blind man for instance caught me totally off guard… that scene alone is really why I give this 5 stars, it's just extraordinary.
But then there's the wicked humour of the thing. In his stale intro the same guy who introduced Suspiria at the same cinema a few weeks…
I haven't watched Bride since I rented out a crummy VHS in college over a decade ago, and then, I'll admit, it was actually only the second Universal horror I'd seen after the original Dracula. Revisiting it now where I've made it through the entire expanded universe is strangely revealing.
Bride feels a decade ahead of its time, at least. It's undoubtedly eclectic, with Praetorious hamming it up like mad, and stories weaving in and out absentmindedly til the last third. Where it succeeds comes a lot from Karloff's emotional performance and Lanchester's more beguiling one.
I'll probably stick with the original-- it's more satisfying and creepy. The censorship issues for this one give it a few bumps, too. But, seriously, this is a movie I could watch a dozen times and see or learn something new each time.
Silly but full of great ideas - i love the little jar people. The lab is great. Super entertaining with an amazing frame story!
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