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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…
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!
I still have a soft spot in my heart for Whale's original as the finest Frankenstein-related movie of all-time, but this comes very close (with Mel Brooks' 'Young Frankenstein', of course, winning the bronze medal). Very fine work.
Could've used some more Bride in this flick.
I really enjoyed the somewhat quirky and crazy antics of all the characters as well as the overall plot. Some of the camera angles were awesome and the special effects were amazing for the time!
I suffered through this one. Barring some pretty fantastic cinematography, there's really nothing here you can't find in the original. They harp on the God/creator dynamic a bit more, introduce a Monster=Jesus thing, but it's more of the same: The monster is good, misunderstood, forsaken; and people are violent, creul and mostly monstrous.
There are more mobs, pitchforks, narcissism and moral messages. And, what the hell is the deal with the Lord Byron/Mary Shelley prologue!? Do we really need this? Bad excuse for a recap, and man, so cheesy.
This is dated, true, but that's not the only reason it put me to sleep. It seemed so staged and forced. The overacting doesn't help, neither do the lovesick, annoying, utterly co-dependant female characters. But as a whole, this does less than nothing for me.
The first of some classic universal monster movies I want to watch for this challenge.
The title is a bit confusing as the bride is only in it for the last five minutes or so. The rest of the movie is Frankensteins Monster in search of friends again. And he truly finds one. A blind man who helps him understand how to live the good life, smoking cigs and drinking whine.
What a lovely moral. It's not the outside that matters, it's what in the inside.
Unfortunately, his designed new girlfriend hasn't learned this lesson.
The production of the laboratory scene was awesome, the small people were made with great effects and the style of the bride was nice.
I just don't get warm with the slow paced story telling, wooden acting and abrupt ending in these old movies. But I will keep going, more to follow!
There’s much to admire about this production; it looks great, for one thing. However, I just couldn’t get into it. The acting is terribly wooden and it’s a shame that the creature speaks because it just undercuts all the menace he previously possessed. The trouble is, I don’t think Bride of Frankenstein works that well as a comedy either.
If you could name the best movie sequel of both the horror and monster movie genre it would have to be The Bride of Frankenstein. This film proved to be better then it's predecessor and is a must see.
The movie takes place were the last film left off. With the monster played by Boris Karloff presumedly dead he is indeed alive as is Frankenstein played by Colin Clive. After realizing what he has done he decides to abandon his plans to create life only to be tempted back into it by his old mentor Doctor Pretorius played by Ernest Thesiger to build a mate for the monster who has become a great threat to the entire village.
A masterpiece of 30s horror. One of the greatest movies of alltime.
Just when you think the original Frankenstien is one of the greatest, this one gets the equal amount of spotlight. It's still a great movie I just like the original Frankenstien a tad better. Literally I like the original by 0.1%. It has s better orchestral score than the original though and perhaps a better telling of the story. Karloff really gives the monster way more emotion than the original Frankenstien. The ending is very emotional for me and when I was a kid I used to tear up crying because all Frankenstien wanted was love and he never got it. Heartbreaking stuff am I right? This is another case of filmmaking at its best.
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