Bride of Frankenstein
1935 | Horror | In English | 75 minutes
Villagers surround the burning windmill and rejoice that the the Monster is dead. But the villagers are also saddened that the scientist Henry Frankenstein was in the wreckage and presumed dead. Unfortunately, The Monster is alive and well as he hauls himself from the wreckage and wreaks havoc with with villagers who get in his way. Henry’s body is retrieved by his fiancé who realizes he’s still alive. Henry now renounces his creation but still seeks the secret of life and immortality. Enter Dr. Pretorius, Henry’s mentor, who is determined to create a bride for the Monster. After the bride is formed and bandaged, lightning from a storm strikes the bride. She moves. Henry and Pretorius gleefully announce their success with, “She’s alive! The bride of Frankenstein.” But sadly, the bride rejects the Monster. In a fit of anger and hurt, and shedding tears, the Monster destroys the laboratory that created him.
NOTE: Although not necessary, it’s advisable to stream the prequel, Frankenstein. It’s available on iTunes, FandangoNow, and Vudu. But, in our opinion, and the opinion of major critics, the Bride of Frankenstein is the far superior film. Also recommended is the film Gods and Monsters, about famed Frankenstein director James Whale.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
Boston Herald—Second greatest horror film ever made
TIME Magazine—Included in all-time Best 100 Movies
Listed in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
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This is the best of the Frankenstein movies—a sly, subversive work that smuggled shocking material past the censors by disguising it in the trappings of horror. Some movies age; others ripen. Seen today, Whale’s masterpiece is more surprising than when it was made because today’s audiences are more alert to its buried hints of homosexuality, necrophilia and sacrilege. But you don’t have to deconstruct it to enjoy it; it’s satirical, exciting, funny, and an influential masterpiece of art direction.
In more ways than one, this is a changed Monster. He is slightly moonstruck, hungry for kindness and even—oh, perish the thought—for love. Mr.Karloff is so splendid in the role that all one can say is that the Monster should become an institution.
BRIDE not only outstrips James Whale’s original foray into horror in terms of invention and visual splendor, but it stands as one of the most beguiling American films ever made.
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