Friday, October 25, 2013

Bride of Frankenstein

1935 American Feature

Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Elsa Lanchester, Gavin Gordon, Una O'Connor and O.P. Heggie
Director: James Whale
Writers: William Hurlbut and John Balderston, suggested by the novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Having escaped death, Dr. Henry Frankenstein abandons his plans to create life, only to be coerced by the mad Dr. Pretorius to create together a mate for his monster.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 83%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Recording.

  • The first sequel to 1931's Frankenstein, which was also directed by James Whale. It immediately follows the events of the earlier film, and the story is rooted in a subplot from the original 1818 Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein.
  • Following the success of the original Frankenstein, Boris Karloff became so popular that he was listed merely as "Karloff" in this film's credits and advertising.
  • Casting Call: Louise Brooks, Phyllis Brooks, Brigitte Helm, Bela Lugosi, David Niven and Claude Rains.
  • Although Elsa Lanchester played two roles in Bride of FrankensteinFrankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and the title character — she is only listed in the film's credits for the former. The latter, referred to as  "The Monster's Bride", is credited as played by "?". Despite being on screen for less than five minutes and never seen again in any of the many other Universal Frankenstein sequels to follow, the Bride became an iconic character, largely due to her unique, fright-wigged appearance.
  • Frequently identified as James Whale's masterpiece, the film has been lauded as "the finest of all gothic horror movies" and "one of those rare sequels that is infinitely superior to its source".
  • In the decades since its release, modern film scholars have noted the possible gay reading of Bride of Frankenstein, particularly embodied in the campy character of Dr. Pretorius and his relationship with Dr. Frankenstein.
  • In 1998, Bride of Frankenstein was inducted into the National Film Registry.

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