All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
Hoop-Tober Challenge (For Beginners) Film #16
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!
Absolute classic horror and the bride ain't to bad looking either..
The look of this film - from lighting to production design - is incredible. Shadowy and spectacular.
Who would have guessed that a 30's monster movie would include one of the most heart-wrenching sequences on screen? The blind beggar's hut scene turns the monster into the hero.
This is quite gloriously insane, and even though the film doesn't quite possess the emotional pull of the previous one (it's far more exaggerated; far more camp; far more formalistic) it makes up for it with its variety and excitement. The thing almost works more as a series of brilliant short films, some comedic (Pretorius' little people) some pathetic (the Monster and the blind man) and some aesthetically sublime (the birth of the Bride). An explosion of creativity, and almost certainly the greatest pure horror film of the 1930s (Freaks is something else entirely).
Actually a better movie than its predecessor, director James Whale and stars Boris Karloff (The Monster) and Colin Clive (Frankenstein) all return to bring to life a bastardized version of the second half of Shelley’s original novel. The Monster has survived the climactic windmill showdown at the end of the first film, and roams the countryside a hunted creature by vigilante townsfolk with pitchforks, torches and rifles. But stumbling on a kindly old blind man, he makes his first friend who doesn’t judge him for his horrible looks for the first time in his short (second) life. It’s an aspect I loved from the novel that may not have been given the same level of tragedy and emotional depth as…
Couch-surfing a lazy Sunday afternoon away with the wonderful Bride of Frankenstein - you know, the one where The Monster enjoys a cigar and many cups of wine. Seems like he doesn't hate living as much as he claims.
Some odd attempts at humour here and there - those silly miniature people in bell jars? - but a tight, terrific story, and the look of the film - from lighting to production design - is incredible.
Why did I watch this in film class?
Location: Home, projected
Company: Anna, briefly
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…