All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
"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…
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 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!"
Before I start I just want to point out that Karloff looks a lot like James Arness in this film. There are touches of absolute brilliance here. The brutality of the monster's escapes from death and captivity. The grave robbing scenes. The glorious mad scientist shit turned all the way up, with Colin Clive showing us his best stuff. Henry really is a much more interesting character when he's insane with scientific energy. The monster's arc starts out promising. I mean, it's a little fucked from the start because we see him go from being a murder crazy madman to a sweet lonely dude learning how to talk, but even that works in a redemption angle. The cottage scene is…
I’m surprised how well crafted this movie is. Even back then Hollywood loved to make cheap cash-ins, but James Whale definitely put some care into this movie and wasn’t afraid to go a little bit weird at times.
Film #13 of "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
Task #21. A film featuring a blind person!
That was a really great sequel and a classic. Probably better than the original.
I really liked the directing and cinematography with the heavy influence of the German expressionism. The director James Whale was actually English and was captured as a war prisoner by Germans at WWI!
I didn't really like the actual caricature of the monster in some scenes which, along with the old lady, made it feel like a comedy.
Elsa Lanchester, the old lady and monster's bride, who actually quite intelligently credited as a questionmark in that part, to add a little more mystery to film, was pretty good; although the old lady part was kinda overused and the monster part felt like a robot than a monster. This actually reminded me of the 2015 film 'Ex Machina' with Alicia Vikander. :P
By far the best horror movie of the period ....
After the successful original comes the much better sequel. James Whale really cranks up the mood, Karloff relishes the greater range the monster's given and the dialogue and atmosphere and much-improved over the original.
to me, frankenstein's monster is depicted in this sequal as a humane creature, whose only will is to be loved. he isn't trying to scare people and kill them, he just wants a friend but people don't understand him. the scene with the old blind man was a proof and perhaps the part that enhanced the message of the film and even improved it.
"Alone bad, friend good."
Classic BORIS KARLOFF..
Yup. Still perfection.
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…