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Bride of Frankenstein


Legendary Boris Karloff reprises his role as the screen's most misunderstood monster and Elsa Lanchester stars as his ill-fated bride in one of the most popular horror classics of all time.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film has some frightening moments; just the concept of men playing God may frighten some children. A persecuted monster inspires pity. The very young may find the monsters, crypts, and a laboratory crackling with electricity unnerving. Grave robbing, murder, tinkering with nature are the film's main themes. This film might scare grade-school kids out of their jammies, but that's why they'll want to watch it. But it's best for older kids and preteens, who will probably get fewer scares and more laughs out of it than younger kids will. Still, parents may want to remain close by. There's enough suspense, pathos, and intentional humor here to make this great fun for everybody. Seeing Frankenstein and Pretorius at work in the laboratory might spur children to invent something of their own.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the idea of "playing God." Where is this happening in real life?
  • What do you think of cloning and other forms of manipulation? What are the ethics of it?
  • What do you think about the way the Monster is treated? How does it make you feel?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The Bride of Frankenstein has an in-your- face audacity that hasn't dimmed all that much after 63 years.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: Whale added an element of playful sexuality to this version, casting the proceedings in a bizarre visual framework that makes this film a good deal more surreal than the original.

- Don Druker, Chicago Reader, Monday, June 4, 2007

Fresh: Another astonishing chapter in the career of the Monster.

- Frank S. Nugent, New York Times, Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Audience Reviews

4 stars

While it is nowhere close to the level of perfection that the first, it is a great addition the series. I could have done without some of the cheesy elements, tiny people, it is still enjoyable and intelligent. My big complaint was the retconning of events and characters/actors from the first. It was both confusing and highly unnecessary. Colin Clive and Boris Karloff are the heart and soul of the film, they make it a classic.

- ythelastman89, Friday, December 11, 2009

3 stars

Pure classic horror. The story is no different from the first movie but it still pretty good.

- citawijaya, Friday, November 27, 2009

4 stars

a rare sequel better than the original. dr. pretorious steals the show

- rubystevens, Thursday, November 12, 2009