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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'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…
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…
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!"
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A tough monster, this one. He refuses to die!
''I love dead. Hate living.''
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 had expected to see far more screen time for the Bride herself, but this one delivers completely on Frankenstein's hints at being a film about the pain of loneliness — and the fear that nothing is lonelier than death (except for undeath). Karloff was born for this role, lumbering and staggering through this dire and almost expressionistic landscape in agony and alienation that we can only imagine. The Bride of Frankenstein, even more than the 1931 film, predates the posthuman torment and confusion of films like RoboCop and Under the Skin by decades. This is a real and heartbreaking classic and immortally iconic as an example of genre horror that appeals emotionally, while still being grandly theatrical horror.
Such a wild and nutty movie, tied together perfectly by the absurd villianous turn from Ernest Thesiger as Doctor Pretorius... sweeping cameras, the Jesus iconography, the crazy Dutch angles just before the main climax... this is just beautiful, delirious art.
Whale's penchant for theatrical acting that often crosses over into unpleasant camp really sunk this for me. Even amidst the beautiful set design and lighting I was distracted by the arch performances and crude attempts to shoehorn humor into the proceedings. Una O'Connor is especially unbearable in this regard, as is the dumb use of irony in lines like two hooligans saying "this is no place for murderers" after completing their grave-robbing duties. Only the too-brief scenes with the Monster and the blind hermit managed to keep my full attention. I vastly prefer Hammer's take on the subject.
Campy and delightful, "The Bride of Frankenstein" introduces humanity (and possibly homosexuality?) to the previously evil monster to fantastic results.
Expounding on the already rich humanity of Whale's previous work, "Bride of Frankenstein" takes this conversation any further in not only seeking to understand the little things of man's essence as it did before, but it lets them play out, delighting in every creatively executed moment, cinematic florioush, and flash of the longings of man in the slightest details.
<sigh> this is a frustrating film for me. I feel like everything it does right has an equally bad counterpart somewhere else that is just grating.
For the Bride, there's also the unnecessary prologue.
For Pretorius eating dinner on top of a person's bones in the tomb, there's the miniature people nonsense and Una O'Connor; holy crap that shrieky "humor" is the worst.
For the monster in chains, there's the gruntings of "Drink good" and other sentence fragments that try to reduce him to a simpleton just because Whale hated Karloff.
Also, while the will-he/won't-he stuff has the potential to work really well, Whale takes it a step too far with Frankenstein first agreeing to help Pretorius then changing his…
Maybe the first "cash-in" sequel. Needed to be much more scary and suspenseful. Frankenstein's monster smoking? Oh please.
Whale returns, Karloff returns, but a lot is different. The magnificent tension instilled in 'Frankenstein', the Gothic darkness, the dramatic build up to the finale. For me, a lot of this is almost distilled, and massively diluted. A new air of humour is established, and it changes the mood irrevocably.
The cackling house keeper is almost unforgivable. She ruined virtually every scene for me, dumbstruck and shrieking in such a high pitched manor, at times, that you wished cinema to recede to the silent era.
This said, 'The Bride of Frankenstein' is very, very fun. With Karloff as a more amiable Monster, it doesn't make him comical, but more human. Clive is likewise toned down in his role, realising the…
Watched with commentary by historian Scott MacQueen. If you love this film and have seen it a billion times like me, then check it out.
Bell Lightbox, Toronto, Canada
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…