The 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 enjoyed this so much that it makes me feel silly for never seeing any of the classic Universal Monsters films before now.
It's got wonderfully atmospheric sets and B&W cinematography, entertaining and innovative special effects, and a cast full of excellent performances (especially Ernest Thesinger as the amusingly macabre Doctor Pretorius and of course Boris Karloff as the monster). The comic relief (especially Una O'Connor as a high-strung chambermaid) is occasionally grating, but it's so overwhelmed by the awesomeness that I wouldn't even think of knocking it down half a star.
So beautiful, and it was interesting to finally see it after years of seeing references to it in everything from WEIRD SCIENCE to Tim Burton's entire oeuvre.
Now, onto DRACULA, THE WOLF MAN, THE MUMMY, THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, and the original FRANKENSTEIN.
"To a new world, of gods and monsters!"
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…
Part of **Halloween Season 2012**.
Doctor Pratorius (Ernest Thesiger) is more delicious on the big screen than he is on the small screen -- and that's saying something. So is Dwight Frye, whatever character he plays in any film.
Watching this and the original in succession really accentuates how much more sly humor James Whale has added. Una O'Connor's over the top Minnie notwithstanding, there's just a greater perverse joy in the goings-on, compared to the gorgeous but played-completely-straight original.
And really, what's with all the crucifixes? You'd think there's some kind of message about wrongful execution, especially since the Monster himself gets crucified. *wink*
Part of **Halloween Season 2012**.
First things first: Sloth from The Goonies owes a great deal to Karloff's Monster. His childlike glee and innocent need for love mixed with an unpredictable capacity for violence come right out of Bride of Frankenstein. Go ahead. Watch them both, and tell me that actor didn't study Karloff. I'll wait. . .
You back? Then you know what I mean.
Now where was I? Ah, yes, I didn't think this film could surpass the original. On first viewing, I was prepared to give it a lower rating. I couldn't stand Una O'Connor's Minnie -- or any of the comic relief, for that matter, which seemed to distract more than it helped. I missed Mae…
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…
Sometimes I have wondered whether life wouldn't be much more amusing if we were all devils, no nonsense about angels and being good.
I already wrote a flimsy review for this movie earlier this year so I'll just point out a few things I might have missed.
Boris Karloff's performance as the monster is criminally underappreciated in this day and age. In a film filled with memorable performances, it's Karloff's that is the heart and soul of the story. While Frankenstein's monster has been portrayed as a simpleton in various forms since, here he's a sympathetic and tragic character that is continually being used and misunderstood.
Ernest Thesiger's Dr. Pretorius is one of the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's like the first film was very much a build up to something far greater, the evil Scientist becomes so obsessed that a Bride is made for Frankenstein. Watching this creepy, entertaining, powerful and clever film unfold is nothing short of amazing.
I Don't Like 1935's Bride Of Frankenstein, I Don't Like It Because It Turned 75 Years Old In 2010.
Exquisitely shot with superb direction by Whale, probably the most well-crafted of all the Universal horror films. Everything works including the poignant outsider theme and the keen since of humor which is highlighted by Elsa Lanchester in a dual role.
Fantastic production & some unforgettable scenes. Parts are utter cobblers too.
Not enough films begin with a meta prologue wherein the story's author introduces it to a pair of fey poets.
As good and in some ways better than the first one, highly recommended.
Director James Whales's sequel to the classic "Frankenstein" is even better than the original. The Monster (Boris Karloff) is cast as a more sympathetic creature, longing for peace and friendship in a world that is repulsed by it. Little wonder that so many have seen in it subtextual parallels to Whales's own life as a gay man. Such undercurrents add interest to a film that also works as pure entertainment. Karloff delivers a great performance, his last as the Monster, despite the burdensome makeup. The sets, direction, and photography create a stylistically extreme work of fantasy that is a masterpiece of pure imagination.
Solid horror movie, but personally I find it far inferior to the original. It has some great scenes like the miniature people in jars, but also has things that jar me. The monster's character changed too much from the original with all of his awkward dialogue, and his bride didn't get the screentime she deserved.