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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…
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…
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…
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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!
Because the conventions of original horror movies have been so frequently borrowed/parodied by other things I've seen, this movie felt pretty familiar to me. It felt more like a comedy than a horror film, just because so much of it was so over the top. I guess it makes sense that I enjoyed this more than I thought I was going to since I'm not a huge horror fan. I know what I'm doing next Halloween: marathon of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and Young Frankenstein if anyone wants to join. (And if you don't live in Austin, we can do the thing like in When Harry Met Sally where they stay on the phone while they watch movies together. I've always wanted to try that.)
I love dead. Hate living.
So much praise for this movie, well I think this loses in every aspect to the first movie in this series. The acting is so bad, no, actually it's tragicomic, and there's nothing interesting in the story except the idea.
The only real good thing in this movie was Dr. Pretorious (played by Ernest Thesiger), who was a pretty scary bad guy, Thesiger's looks and charm were like made for this role.
The explosion in the end of the movie was supposedly to be tragic, but I couldn't help but laugh and think: "Oh, so the tradition to blow everything up in Hollywood movies has THIS long tradition".
I really don't get the praise for this movie, not at all.
Funny, powerful, and chilling at times, "Bride of Frankenstein" is even better than its predecessor.
It goes a little too goofy at times with comic relief like the busybody maid. But the humor that generates from the monster learning the ways of the world works. It retains its predecessor's visual flair, although I wish more time was spent with Dr. Pretorius's shrunken jar people -- weirdness for weirdness's sake, perhaps, but it struck a silly chord in me -- and especially in Frankenstein's lab.
Okay first off, the title is very misleading. We hardly get any screen time of the female monster. (Though the few moments that we do get are iconic and the epitome of Hollywood greatness. Which is a shame because she is honestly one of the coolest of movie monsters and I really hope we get a good movie centered around her someday. Not saying this was a bad movie. It just didn't feature a lot of her.
Regardless, I liked this a lot because it gave a lot of character development to Frankenstein's monster. We see that he can think for himself and he's starting to question his existence. Then he meets a very lonely old man who thanks God for a friend like the monster, which is another interesting perspective brought into this film.
My overall opinion of Bride of Frankenstein: perfect sequel, misleading title.
Iconic gothic horror directed by James Whale.
This film is incredibly emotional and tragic. I think the most alluring part of the film is how little you see of the bride. We will never see the bride again, but the footage that is on screen of her is just great. Makes you beg for more.
Sporadically brilliant, but ultimately kind of disjointed. Dr. Pretorius is the man. Whenever he is on screen I'm having a great time, and the commentary is really coming through. The rest is kind of a hit or miss comedy with a pretty decent message. I was really surprised that the bride is only in this for like 2 minutes, seems like a missed opportunity.
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