Bride of Frankenstein (1935)


“To a new world of gods and monsters!” – Doctor Pretorius

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Following the events of the previous film, Dr. Frankenstein is convinced by a colleague to create a mate for his creation so that he will no longer be alone.

My Take on it – I have never been the biggest fan of monster movies, but after having seen the original Frankenstein (1931) almost a year ago, I was curious to see why this film has been able to receive so much praise over the years.

This is a perfect example of a sequel that doesn’t try to capitalize on the original film solely for financial reasons.

Instead it’s a great continuation of the previous story that is able to clarify some very ambiguous parts of the previous film while also moving the story forward.

They are able to dive even deeper here into the idea of creating human life on a philosophical level and they depict the way that certain people would be interested in trying to play the role of God in creating beings.

The title of this film is slightly misleading and the main character referred to within is actually only onscreen for a matter of minutes, yet the idea of her is the main theme of this story.

For the time it came out, the effects and story were quite groundbreaking and the story itself is pretty advanced in the way that it depicts things.

It can also be understood on numerous levels that help enhance how much one can enjoy this story.

Director James Whale does a wonderful job continuing the story he began a few years earlier without the feeling that he is rehashing old information as is done in most modern sequels.

This film comes across as being both thoughtful and meaningful in all that it tries to accomplish.

It might not be as groundbreaking or inspirational as the original film was, but it still showed how it’s conceivable to create such a sequel that comes close to its predecessor.

Bottom Line – Great sequel to the events of the original film that clarifies some ambiguous points in the previous installment. The film dives deeper into the idea of creating human life and the struggle between men who wish to play the role of God.  The title is a bit misleading since the title character appears in very little of the film, but as a theme or message it still works. For its time, this film is quite advanced and can be understood on so many different levels along the way. Whale does a great job continuing the story that he began years earlier in a very thoughtful and meaningful way. The film may not be as groundbreaking and inspirational as the original but it still comes pretty close. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Marilyn Harris, who played Maria, the girl The Monster accidentally kills in the original Frankenstein (1931), appears uncredited as another young girl. She is the leader of the group of young schoolgirls who encounter the Monster as he runs away from the blind man’s burning house. Director James Whale deliberately gave her a one-word line (“Look!”), so she would be paid more by the studio as an actor with a speaking role, instead of as an extra. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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