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Bride of Frankenstein, The
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by Charles Tatum

"I Do"
5 stars

Almost seventy years old now, this sequel to the classic "Frankenstein" proves that some films are timeless, even when looking at them for the first time.

Elsa Lanchester is Mary Shelley, recounting what happened after the events of the first film, on a dark and stormy night with her famous husband and Lord Byron. The film makers wisely recap the highlights of the first film, reminding the audience of the basic plot.

While better than the original "Frankenstein," this film is still not technically perfect. There are quite a few editing gaffes, where someone is doing something in one shot, but not another. Whale's direction really does not come alive until the last creation scene, which has wonderful off-center and shadowed shots. Even Karloff's monster makeup appears softened compared to the first film.

On the positives, however, the black and white atmosphere works well here. Sets or not, the high ceilings and creepy Euro look are chilling. The special effects also rival modern films, they are excellent and not cheesy in the slightest.

While Karloff is good, Lanchester is excellent in her too brief role as the bride. Una O'Connor is a scream (literally) as the cowardly housekeeper who always seems to meet up with the Monster at the wrong time. Dwight Frye is underused as a lab assistant. Colin Clive is kept in the background as Frankenstein. He seems ill at ease, and the actor died a few years later as a result of alcoholism. By the way, the book and film "Gods and Monsters" got their title from this film, and a toast made by Pretorious.

While this film has garnered a nearly flawless reputation in the last seven decades, it does deserve accolades.

This may not terrify you like it did audiences of the past, but it is interesting to see the inspiration behind almost every monster movie made afterward.

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4/13/15 jokerass lol 1 stars
4/12/15 sjskskdk lol 1 stars
2/19/15 Chris Jarmick Classic, Great film, rare sequel that betters classic original 5 stars
9/30/12 VLTampa Love Elsa Lancaster. Watch anything she is in 5 stars
8/20/11 jack tirko my top old skool horror film. 5 stars
8/10/11 Sharon Hinrichs This film is a classic. Every Horror buff should be made to watch it. 5 stars
4/17/11 Dorothy Rozdilsky A classic I can watch over and over and still be scared 5 stars
10/13/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Effective Horror/Social satire combo. 5 stars
8/26/07 David Cohen Surpasses the original Frankenstein, and that is saying something! 5 stars
11/24/06 David Pollastrini a bit slow in places but still great. 5 stars
6/14/06 Ash The best Universal horror of the time and a superior sequel to the first. 5 stars
4/09/06 the untrained eye The highlight of the golden age of 1930s horror films! 5 stars
11/16/05 Zack great movie! 5 stars
9/15/05 J C Charron THE timeless classic 5 stars
8/21/05 DM So overracted it's sublime. A fun, good old time. 5 stars
7/26/05 the untrained eye This film is perfection! Defines 'classic horror'. 5 stars
10/25/04 Tom Ciorciari THE classic from the golden age of Universal horros 5 stars
12/06/03 john very god film but I like the first one better 4 stars
6/17/03 Andrew Callaway Very entertaning. Even rather funny. 4 stars
3/04/03 DMF This is a heck of a movie for its time. 4 stars
3/01/03 matt pretty good 4 stars
3/01/03 Queer S. Folk Pretorius is never mentioned with this movie, but he's the most memorable character 5 stars
10/26/02 Rastabub I love the old classic Universal horror films and this is the best! 5 stars
10/18/02 Charles Tatum A worthy followup to a great film 5 stars
7/30/02 God. Yes, God. C'mon people, rate this movie! It can't make it to the Top 20 without at least 5 votes! 5 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk Groundbreaking, literally. This film has everything the original had and more...tru classic 5 stars
3/31/01 Andrew Carden Excellent visual effects. Had some trouble starting out, but got better. 4 stars
2/07/01 raby this rocks my ass 5 stars
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  22-Apr-1935 (NR)
  DVD: 27-Apr-2004



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