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.
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A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.
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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
Whale returns to his Frankenstein with this amusing sequel that has an even campier, deliciously wrier humor and also offers a lot more depth to Karloff's Monster - and it all seems more complete here (despite its gaps in logic), including a score that was absent from the original movie.
- blacksheepboy, Saturday, January 25, 2014
This one lacked the freshness of its predecessor, but it is in all other ways competant. Everyone who made the original great are back, but I think this one suffers a little in its attempt to up the ante. Otherwise this one is really beautiful and entertaining.
- MidnightMadwoman, Saturday, September 15, 2007
"To a new world of gods and monsters!" Successful sequel to the classic 1931 film Frankenstein is just as good as the original, if not even better. Taking place just after the events of Frankenstein, this film again follows The Monster (Karloff) who survived the blaze in a burning windmill that supposedly killed him. He rises from the rubble to run rampage once more. A shadowy scientist named Dr. Pretorius (Thesiger) is determined to make a mate for the monster, and teach him how to speak. Pretorius blackmails Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Clive), forcing him back into the laboratory to revive another corpse - this time a woman - that will become The Monster's partner. This remarkable sequel has been regarded as better than the original, and I tend to agree. Bride of Frankenstein reunites most of the original cast, including Karloff and Clive among others. Director James Whale also returns to the director's chair to craft this quality classic horror movie. Karloff's portrayal is perfect. He makes a tragic monster who is made a lot closer to the source material. Instead of killing everything in his path he acknowledges the kindness of others who wish to help, and his halting words of dialogue are haunting. Colin Clive returns to the role that he made back in 1931, and still retains the character's intrigue as well as his determination. Special effects and make-up look amazing considering that it's a film made over 70 years ago. Overall, Bride of Frankenstein is classic horror balanced out with comic relief. It has dated badly, but the brilliance still shines through and makes for a very historic 75 minutes of viewing.
- PvtCaboose91, Tuesday, April 22, 2008