Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
Whataya say, pal, let's give ourselves up and let 'em hang us. This is no life for murderers.
I've already logged this movie a few times since I started using Letterboxd, but I can't imagine how anyone could watch Gods and Monsters and not have the incredible urge to rewatch Bride of Frankenstein no matter how many times you've already seen it. It is a masterpiece that transcends it's genre from horror, to satire, to black comedy and beyond.
It's also another reminder that there is a huge back catalog of Universal Monster films that have yet to get a proper restoration or HD transfer. I'd love to see the rest of the Frankenstein films on Blu-ray, even though…
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*
Forget good, this 75-minute film was pretty damn great, made memorable by it's wonderful effects and camerawork. I am new to the world of Frankenstein; so much so that I didn't know Frankenstein was the doctor's name, rather than the monster's name.
Boris Karloff was fantastic as the Monster, along with many great supporting performances; Colin Clive as Dr. Henry Frankenstein, Valerie Hobson as his wife Elizabeth, Una O'Connor as the panicked chambermaid, O.P. Heggie as the blind hermit (teaching the monster how to smoke kinda threw me off at first, but those were some wonderful moments) and Ernest Thesiger as the wicked DOCTOR PRETORIOUS - I can thank the film for repeating it so ominously over and over…
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…
The monster gets very conspicuously crucified for a few minutes. I'm not sure what that means, but I'm down.
That scene with Frankenstein and the old blind man, where he's teaching him to talk has easily inserted itself as one of my favorite scenes of all time.
I didn't find it as iconic or memorable as the original - having Karloff speak was definitely a mistake - but still a classic, atmospheric horror.
"To a new world of gods and monsters."
So intones Dr. Praetorious to Dr. Henry Frankenstein, toasting their new friendship with a glass of gin ("my only weakness") before proposing a partnership. He unveils a series of miniature living humans, each in its own bell jar: Homunculi, he says, which point the way to full-scale experiments in the creation of life. "Alone," he tells Frankenstein, "you have created a man. Now, together, we will create his mate."
Their quest forms the inspiration for James Whale's "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), the best of the Frankenstein movies--a sly, subversive work that smuggled shocking material past the censors by disguising it in the trappings of horror. Some movies age; others ripen. Seen…
I had seen the original movie, Frankenstein and i plain simple didn't like it, yes the movie is very influential and it has an immense reputation which helped it to be even more disappointing. And when i saw it back in last summer i had planned to see this one to but i was to shocked by how much of a disappointment it had been and i ended up not seeing it. But a couple of days ago i saw The Invisible Man, a movie also of the Universal's Monster movies and the same director to, and that one was a rather pleasant surprise i really really liked the movie and that made me be hopeful and more interested into…
Radical re-reading of the original Frankenstein. The film's satirical arm reaches to the original and beyond, to the point where scenes like the people living in the bottles, which includes a devil, Dr Pretorious' disdain for humanity and the Monster's pathetic dream of a wife, achieve a contemptuous tone of Swiftian proportions. Its viciousness and nihilism - 'I like dead, hate living,' says the Monster. 'You are wise in your generation,' observes Pretorious - is extraordinary. It's sweetened by the opulence and pyrotechnics of the production, and by the mocking dark comedy - the cut to a reaction shot of an owl witnessing a brutal murder sums it up. But in the end Whale blows it all up with a chilling hiss of the Bride and an enormous explosion which reduces castle Frankenstein to rubble. Apparently, he wasn't keen on doing another sequel.
Desde hace tiempo quería ver The Spirit of the Beehive, que de hecho, no fue hace pocos días que la vi, pero para entrar mejor en la trama de la película era necesario ver Frankenstein y al ver esta última quedé impresionado con lo bien hecha que estaba, no podía dejar de ver The Bride of Frankenstein.
James Whale sí que sabía lo que hacía, como reunir todos los aspectos necesarios para hacer obras maestras, porque eso son estas películas de Frankenstein, obras maestras del género y de la historia del cine. Contar con personajes tan definidos, guión y sobretodo tomas y efectos tan excelentes para la época, es de alabar.
La magia del cine en su más pura expresión,…
With a solid spot in my all-time top 20, this fantastical follow-up to FRANKENSTEIN is more of a meditation on companionship than anything else, and it's told with incredible grace and subtlety. A scene with The Monster finding a friend in a cabin is one of the most touching moments in the history of cinema. Flawless.
Am I kinder to this film than I would be to one of a lesser reputation? Probably.
I mean, I like the atmospherics of the Frankenstein films, but the oversized, theatrical performances, the hokey dialogue, and the meandering plot all fail to raise my pulse.
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