The Bride Of Frankenstein details
|Formats:||PG DVD, 15 Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger, Douglas Walton, Una O'Connor, Dwight Frye, O.P. Heggie, Gavin Gordon, E. E. Clive, Valerie Hobson|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
The Bride Of Frankenstein
|Run time:||1 hour 15 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Dec 2003|
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James Whale's MasterpieceBy Philip Concannon from London , 28 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]'To a new world of gods and monsters' intones Dr Praetorious (A wonderfully OTT Ernest Thesiger) in this superlative sequel. Praetorious has been experimenting with minature people and now wishes to team up with Dr Frankenstein(Colin Clive) to create a fully grown human. After the demise of his original monster(Boris Karloff) Frankenstein is understandably reluctant, but Praetorious will stop at nothing to secure his partnership.
Whale opens his follow-up with a prologue in which Mary Shelley(played by Elsa Lanchester, who also embodies the Bride); her husband, Percy, and their friend Lord Byron imagine a sequel to the first story: The Monster survives being burned in a mill and staggers forth, alive and misunderstood, roaming the countryside searching for some human kindness. The monster meets a blind hermit, who teaches him to smoke, drink, and talk. After the monster has been in his house for just a few minutes, they have become great friends. Then some townspeople turn up and drive the monster back into the wilderness, destined to be lonely and misunderstood. Perhaps a mate made in the same way as himself is what he requires.
Endlessly scary, touching, subversive and funny, this is a truly magnificent film. Boris Karloff once again plays the monster to perfection and benefits from the broadening of his character. Here, the monster learns to speak and his his rudimentary speech('friend...good'), and his simple hand motions convey the greatest sorrows. When Frankenstein and Praetorious create the bride(Lanchester) they also create another of the truly iconic figures in cinema. Her twitchy, jerky mannerisms and memorable appearance linger in the memory, especially her reaction upon meeting her 'groom'.
But once again, the success of this film is down to the genius of James Whale. Whale employs wonderful special effects(still impressive), unusual camera angles and art direction and a cluster of excellent performances. Whale also manages to smuggle some pretty subversive material into his film(including homosexuality and necrophilia) and never loses sight of the humour or humanity of his story. This classic joins the likes of 'Godfather II', 'Aliens' and 'Toy Story 2' as one of the select films to improve on an already great original. Nothing short of a masterpiece.
* Anyone who enjoyed either of the Frankenstein films may like to watch 'Gods and Monsters'. in which Ian McKellen(in his best performance) plays the great James Whale.
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Shes alive..!?By TomNRS (3 reviews) , 13 Sep 2013This 1935 horror sequel directed by James Whale, picks up right where we left off with our hero, well Monster, moments after he is supposedly burned to death. Boris Karloff returns as Frankensteins slightly smarter Monster in this fantastic classic gothic horror from Universal Studios. After surviving the attack from the villagers The Monster seeks refuge from those who want him burned at the steak. Along the way he makes an unlikely friend, is eventually reunited with his creator, Dr Henry Frankenstein and finds a mate..? The Bride of Frankenstein is a warm slice of classic cult cinema and well worth a watch, even if you havent seen Frankenstein, 1931 plus the special effects in the final few scenes of the film are surprisingly good.
Must-see for horror fansBy JimbobSquarePants (41 reviews) , 06 Jun 2013Bride of Frankenstein may not be a masterpiece in terms of writing and acting, but it is still a must-see for horror fans. It's incredibly influential, iconic and has some special effects that make you think - 'How on Earth did they manage to do that back in the '30s?' Whilst the performances vary wildly, you're still mesmerised by how striking the lighting and shadows are as they're cast over evil geniuses and misunderstood monsters. Boris Karloff gives the film it's heart and shows why he's one of the most fondly remembered screen monsters.
She's alive!!By Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 19 Dec 2011The monster isnt dead, weird Doctor wants to collaborate with Frankenstein for new creation, create a mate for his original masterpiece, shes alive!
More hammy shenanigans from James Whale and his cast with Boris Karloff reprising the Monster role as well as Colin Clive as Frankenstein and a superb turn by Ernest Thesiger as the insanely brilliant Dr. Pretorius.
Definitely a lot more tongue in cheek than the original, the dialogue has more comedy value and Karloff now has more of speaking role albeit basic.
The sets are pretty similar to the first film and the make-up again is wonderful with the added bonus of the bride, all in her iconic glory.
The music is a lot better too this time with a lovely score from Franz Waxman.
Bride & freak!By PJshadow (199 reviews) from Leeds , 10 Aug 2011The Bride of Frankenstein is like a really extreme version of BBC3's Don't Tell The Bride. One of the episodes where the bride is horrified by what's been going on and it doesn't exactly go as the groom had intended.
The story picks off straight after the original (well more or less straight after depending on which ending to Frankenstein you've seen) the Monster has survived but he has been damaged physically and mentally by his experiences with the local villagers.
Karloff portrays the sadness, confusion and deep inner rage of the Monster to perfection.
The story is two pronged, one side follows the Monster and his quest for companionship whilst the other follows a mad scientist's quest for further glory. Inevitably they collide with terrible consequences for those involved.
Tragic, beautiful and darkly humorous.
Frankly a great film.
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Terrible - stick with the originalBy VFF (105 reviews) from London , 19 Sep 2010Stick with the classic 1931 ' Frankenstein, which is a true classic. Having a smaller budget meant a tighter script and a much better film.
Bride of Frankenstein is B Movie shlock with a bigger budget. The acting is ridiculous, the editing non existant and the story frenetic, hammy and over the top.
There are some comedy moment which are amusing but this doesn't save the film. It is shocking how badly put together it is. I know it is 1935 but that really is no excuse for such a mess.
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