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…
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…
DIrector: James Whale (Second Film)
The Bride of Frankestein is in my eyes, better than the first film. The Monster is more dimensional as he utters a few words, and has an emotional direction in which he is driven. His desire for a mate is similar to that of a pubescent boy, and his drive to get what he wants is sparked from a beautifully tragic scene involving he, and a blind man.
I know very little regarding the production of the film; but the decision to involve the Bride was an excellent one; despite her brief appearance her role is hugely significant and trying not to indulge in spoilers; her iconic appearance and actions being without any…
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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*
Better than the original and definitely the best classic Universal monster movie I've seen so far. This film is amazing, timeless, and a huge inspiration to me as a horror fan.
A testament to Hollywood's long standing practice of repeating content in sequels as means of "satisfying" audiences. James Whale's return to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein universe is primarily a dark comedy, finding bleak humor in the destructive characteristics of humanity. Doctor Pretorius' vials filled with miniature human clones becomes the most memorable example of the latter, with the King, Queen, and Bishop representing the god complex of humanity. Obviously, Doctor Frankenstein, himself, is the epitome of such an obsession, linked here with humankind's multiple addictions (or vices, as Dr. Pretorius names them).
Deja a la primera como una mierda. Así de buena.
I Like 1935's Bride Of Frankenstein, I Like It Because It's Turning 80 Years Old Next Year In 2015.
Despite the near-universal judgement that this sequel is superior to its predecessor, I found its see-saw mix of humour and horror a little too imbalanced for my liking, at least in the first half. But when it settles down to business it's easy to see why people prefer it. The performances are even more strange and heightened. And James Whale was way ahead of his time with the weird angles, close-ups and flash cuts that make the 'creation' sequence such a delight. I wish the whole film was as good as its final scenes, but those scenes are very good indeed.
Although I like it, I'm not a big fan of James Whale's first Frankenstein movie. However, I think that this sequel he made four years later was an improvement. It was darkly funny, with a more engaging plot, and overall more entertaining as well. It must have been one of the first sequels ever made to top or surpass the original.
Spoilers for a nearly 80-year-old movie within!
Old movies, aren't they the best? The screenwriting bar was set so low for genre pictures, I mean, how easy would writers lives be today if they were allowed to scribble in a finale triggered by a gigantic lever in the middle of a lab that apparently does nothing other than detonate the entire building, controlled demolition style?! Writing can be fun!
I also can't think of any other movie that names itself after a character that appears for no more than five minutes of the actual film. That was the biggest shock to me. I had always seen the same old clip of BRIDE, but never realized that was actually the only…
35mm: The sequel was better than the original - and easily the best of all the Universal monster movies.
That jar scene was brilliant and over all I enjoyed more than the first
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