Bride of Frankenstein DVD: Review By JIm Mourgos

Here Comes the Bride! Run!
  • OVERALL
    4.5
    SUPERB
  • Feature
  • Picture
  • Sound
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
There's plenty of background and film historical knowledge back of this film. You won't find that here!

Elsa Lanchester in the company of a couple of hot shot 19th century poets on a dark and stormy night, discuss Frankenstein's monster. She fascinates them with more of the story as they thought it was over. No way!

Several scenes work for me. Use of dark and light shadows as in German expressionism. The sympathetic monster. And the introduction of a new member of the cast: Dr. Pratoreus. Apparently a professor of Dr. Frankenstein and who was later "booted out", Pratoreus wants to show the good doctor what he's accomplished and wants him to cooperate with him and pool their resources to make a woman.

And what a woman, but I digress!

Pratoreus' tiny people in jars including a cool mermaid. Great effects and I still have no idea how they did that. Perhaps through separate filming and super-imposition?

Meantime the Monster lives. He approaches people in a friendly manner and they scream at him, shoot him, hit him, and throw fire at him. The guy just can't win!

Eventually the townsfolk lock him up in chains. Even the burgermeister is not convinced he's a monster, just some crazy person. However the monster breaks the chains and runs amok. Hell breaks loose.

The rest of the film deals with the Monster and builds sympathy for him. The blind man scene is especially touching. Great parody of that scene with Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. John Carradine plays a small part in interrupting the monster's pleasure with the blind man. What a party crasher!

Meantime, Pratoreus now controls the monster and with promises of female companionship, the monster follows his bidding. Frankenstein meantime wants nothing to do with further experiments. Forcing him through betrayal and death is a sure deterrent however and changes his mind big time.

Soon, the unveiling, but the reception for the bride is not to be, I'm afraid.

James Whale's best production yet of the Frankenstein monster. Having as complete control as an independent film maker would have today, his vision was perfect. The perfect monster movie.

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