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Bride of Frankenstein

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The Bride of Frankenstein [Blu-ray]

Tagline – Created in a weird scientist’s laboratory… from the skeletons of two women and the heart of a living girl!

Starring – Boris Karloff (The Monster), Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Valerie Hobson (Elizabeth), Ernest Thesiger (Dr. Pretorius), Elsa Lanchester (Mary Shelley/The Monster’s Bride).

Released – April, 1935

Directed By – James Whale

Produced By – Universal Pictures

Distributed By – Universal Pictures

Description – At the conclusion of 1931’s horror classic Frankenstein the villagers celebrated what appeared to be the death of The Monster and his creator, Dr. Henry Frankenstein.

The Monster survived the burning windmill sheltered from the flames by a pit beneath the windmill. Dr. Henry Frankenstein’s body, thought to be dead, was shipped to his fiancee Elizabeth’s home. After seeing movement in the body, Elizabeth realizes that Henry is still alive.

After Elizabeth nurses Henry back to health, he condemns his creation, but still feels that he is meant to unravel the secret to creating life.

A fearful premonition of death by Elizabeth is followed by the arrival of Henry’s former mentor, Dr. Pretorius, who brings with him an unthinkable plan. Henry learns that The Monster still lives and Dr. Pretorius wants his help in creating a mate for The Monster. Pretorius has some work to complete first and will return for Henry when all is ready.

Henry and Elizabeth are now married when Pretorius returns to get Henry’s assistance in this “grand collaboration.” Henry refuses, and Pretorius has The Monster kidnap Elizabeth in an effort to force Henry to help.

Pretorius guarantees the safe return of Elizabeth after Henry’s participation. Henry has no choice. Returning to his lab, Henry begins working and again finds himself slowly becoming intoxicated with the potential power to create life.

NOTABLE: The Bride of Frankenstein received an Oscar nomination for Best Sound, Recording.

In 1998, The Bride of Frankenstein was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

The films popularity has increased over the years, and The Bride of Frankenstein is considered to be a masterpiece for director James Whale.

The motion picture had some difficulty with censorship issues. The Hays office objected to some lines of dialogue that compared the work of Dr. Henry Frankenstein with that of God, as well as the number of murders (21 cut to 10) both committed and implied, and a scene where they felt too much of actress Elsa Lanchester’s breasts were visible. Strangely, they had little problem with numerous scenes portraying crucifixion imagery.

Elsa Lanchester stood 5’4″ in reality and stilts were necessary to bring her to 7 feet for the role. She also had to be wrapped in bandages that were so tight she was carried on and off the set, having to eat through a straw. Her “unusual” hairstyle was held in place by a wired horsehair cage.

Personal Note: Film sequel’s seldom live up the the original story. However, The Bride of Frankenstein is an exception. It is one of the best movie sequel’s ever, and is thought by many to be even better than the original Frankenstein.

A truly classic Universal horror film with a great laboratory creation scene. “She’s Alive! Alive!”

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Frankenstein

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Frankenstein [Blu-ray]

Tagline – A Monster Science Created – But Could Not Destroy!

Starring – Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Mae Clarke (Elizabeth), John Boles (Victor Moritz), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Dwight Frye (Fritz).

Released – November, 1931

Directed By – James Whale

Produced By – Universal Pictures

Distributed By – Universal Pictures

Description – Loosely based on the Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein is probably the most recognizable monster in the history of the horror genre.

Ambitious scientist Dr. Frankenstein and his hunch-back assistant Fritz have been collecting and reassembling human body parts in an effort to create life. With a loud crack of thunder and lightening igniting Dr. Frankenstein’s electrical machines the monster comes alive.

Unknown to the Doctor is the fact that his assistant Fritz has collected the brain of a criminal for the experiment and his new life form knows only hate and murder. The rest of the story is horror genre history.

NOTABLE: In 1991, Frankenstein was selected for the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress.

The role of Frankenstein was originally offered to Bela Lugosi who rejected the part because it was a non-speaking role. Actor John Carradine also turned the part down because he felt he was too highly trained an actor to be reduced to playing a monster.

What have commonly been referred to as bolts in the monster’s neck are actually electrodes.

The original release of Frankenstein was banned in Kansas because they felt it depicted “cruelty, and tended to debase morals.”

Personal Comment: In spite of the production limitations, both Frankenstein and Dracula are immortalized in the minds of horror genre movie lovers, including myself.

There were a string of sequels to this film including what is commonly considered to be the best of the series – ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ starring Elsa Lanchester.

Talk about typecasting – Enjoy the creepy performances of Dwight Frye as Fritz the hunch-back assistant in this film, and as Reinfield in Dracula.