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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!
Bride of Frankenstein is a rare example of the sequel that is better than the original, at least in my opinion. Yes, Frankenstein works better as a horror movie, but this installment is much more tragic.
After a short introduction that shows Mary Shelley, the author of the original story, telling her husband and his friend that the story isn't over yet, Bride of Frankenstein opens exactly where the last film ended, on the burning windmill. Both Henry Frankenstein and the Monster miraculously survive, and the Monster disappears into the forest.
This leads to one of the most heartwarmining scenes in film history, the Monster and the blind fiddler. The fiddler teaches him about friendship, and even how to speak…
Hmm, bei Bride of Frankenstein bin ich wohl Opfer meiner hohen Erwartungen geworden. Ich hatte mehrfach gelesen, dass dies der beste aller Frankenstein-Filme sein soll. Aber auch wenn ich gute Ansätze sah, entdeckte ich doch vor allem Fortsetzungsprobleme ...
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we gave him the means to articulate his alienation
and then we gave him the means to destroy himself
An excellent sequel, James Whale returns to the directors chair to extend the story, picking up exactly where the previous film left us. Here Dr. Frankenstein is forced to make a female companion for his creation. Bride of Frankenstein is a horror picture that looks beautiful, has an incredible score and is filled with strange but utterly compelling performances. It does manage to be better then the original and who could forget the iconic look and imagery of "the bride", played to perfection by Elsa Lanchester. It's easy to see why this is considered James Whale's masterpiece.
Still one of my favorites of all time. Although, the tiny people are really weird. But I like that kinda thing.
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.
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