Bride Of Frankenstein

Bride Of Frankenstein

Director: James Whale Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson


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This greatest of all Frankenstein movies begins during a raging thunderstorm. Warm and cozy inside their palatial villa, Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon), Percy Shelley (Douglas Walton), and Shelley's wife Mary (Elsa Lanchester) engage in morbidly sparkling conversation. The wicked Byron mockingly chastises Mary for frightening the literary world with her recent novel Frankenstein, but Mary insists that her horror tale preached a valuable moral, that man was not meant to dabble in the works of God. Moreover, Mary adds that her story did not end with the death of Frankenstein's monster, whereupon she tells the enthralled Byron and Shelley what happened next. Surviving the windmill fire that brought the original 1931 Frankenstein to a close, the Monster (Boris Karloff) quickly revives and goes on another rampage of death and destruction. Meanwhile, his ailing creator Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) discovers that his former mentor, the demented Doctor Praetorius (Ernst Thesiger), plans to create another life-sized monster -- this time a woman! After a wild and wooly "creation" sequence, the bandages are unwrapped, and the Bride of the Monster (Elsa Lanchester again) emerges. Alas, the Monster's tender efforts to connect with his new Mate are rewarded only by her revulsion and hoarse screams. "She hate me," he growls, "Just like others!" Wonderfully acted and directed, The Bride of Frankenstein is further enhanced by the vivid Franz Waxman musical score; even the film's occasional lapses in logic and continuity (it was trimmed from 90 to 75 minutes after the first preview) are oddly endearing. Director James Whale was memorably embodied by Ian McKellen in the Oscar-winning 1998 biopic Gods and Monsters.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
UPC: 0025192189838
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 35,319

Special Features

She's Alive! Creating The Bride of Frankenstein; The Bride of Frankenstein archives; Feature Commentary with film historian Scott MacQueen; 100 years of Universal: Restoring the classics; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff The Monster
Colin Clive Henry Frankenstein
Valerie Hobson Elizabeth Frankenstein
Elsa Lanchester Mary Shelley/The Bride
Ernst Thesiger Dr. Septimus Pretorius
Dwight Frye Karl
O.P. Heggie The Hermit
E.E. Clive Burgomaster
Una O'Connor Minnie
Peter Shaw Devil
Lucien Prival Otto
Lucio Villegas Priest
Douglas Walton Percy Bysshe Shelley
Tempe Piggott Auntie Glutz
Helen Parrish Girl
Josephine McKim Mermaid
Edwin Mordant Coroner
Monte Montague King
Joan Woodbury Queen
Ted Billings Ludwig
Walter Brennan Neighbor
John Carradine Huntsman
Norman Ainsley Archbishop
Billy Barty Baby
Reginald Barlow Hans
Mary Gordon Hans's Wife
Helen Gibson Woman
Neil Fitzgerald Rudy
Gavin Gordon Lord Byron
Grace Cunard Woman
Anne Darling Shepherdess
Kansas de Forest Ballerina
Gunnis Davis Uncle Glutz

Technical Credits
James Whale Director
John L. Balderston Screenwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Charles Hall Art Director
William Hurlbut Screenwriter
Ted Kent Editor
Carl Laemmle Producer
John Mescall Cinematographer
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Franz Waxman Score Composer

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Bride Of Frankenstein 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no other movie like this in Hollywood history. Thinking of the Wizard of Oz in black and white with a few killings along the way is my imaginary comparison.
LaylaCD More than 1 year ago
As a collector of classic horror, this belongs on my shelf, but despite the praise (albeit well deserved) I can't take to this film like I did to Frankenstein. Whale was a wonderful director, and crafted 2 great films here....his work has truly stood the test of time. What was really good about this bluray were the extras...Frank Pierce who created the iconic makeup for these films, died jobless & penniless, discarded by the studio. Kudos to the modern makeup craftsmen that recognize their debt to the hard work Pierce did and Karloff went along with. One of the best things about watching this film is realizing what a wonderful actor Karloff was. And James Whale was a VERY funny man....the wit is in this film is wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago