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500 Five-Star: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

December 12, 2011


Honestly, I didn’t really expect too much from Bride of Frankenstein.  I thought it would be relatively entertaining, and probably impressive ‘for it’s time’…but generally just alright and certainly nowhere near worthy of five stars.  How wrong was I?  Bride of Frankenstein is bloody brilliant.  So brilliant, in fact, that my husband immediately demanded both that and the original Frankenstein as Christmas presents (and if he hadn’t, I probably would have instead).  It’s magnificently entertaining; probably one of the best films just for pure entertainment that I’ve watched so far for this project.  It’s scary, exciting, funny, sad (that blind hermit scene is so simple, yet astonishingly heartwrenching)…everything you could wish for in a 70 minute movie.  It’s also technically superb, with some of the most magnificent editing and camera work of all time (there’s a reason ‘SHE’S ALIVE!’ is such a famous line: the scene it comes from is one of the best ever put on film), and a terrific score which does its job in emphasising and embellishing on every emotion contained within the story.  I honestly can’t think of anything really wrong with it.  At a push, maybe Valerie Hobson’s completely over the top, scenery-chewing acting is a little annoying, but it’s still somehow a lot of fun at the same time.  Boris Karloff is phenomenal as Frankenstein, and I need to get me a t-shirt with the gorgeous Elsa Lanchester (as the Bride) on it as soon as possible (which will look especially cool next to my husband’s brand new Frankenstein t-shirt).  Oh, and a special mention must also go to Una O’Connor; her role is solely for comic relief, and it worked especially well on me as she is quite honestly the spitting image of my daughter’s health visitor.  Honestly…it’s spooky.


Bride of Frankenstein is the sort of film you can watch over and over again, and never get bored of.  There’s been numerous theories put forward about subtexts and hidden meaning…but honestly, when it comes to this film, I’m just not interested in any of that.  It’s simply a piece of bonafide classic entertainment, deserving of a place in any classic film list.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. mick todd permalink
    December 12, 2011 4:09 pm

    Absolutely could not agree with you more dear daughter….I watched this and the original monster movie myself about a month or so ago ;O)

    • December 12, 2011 11:05 pm

      Did you really? What are the chances of that?! Can’t wait to see Frankenstein at Christmas 🙂

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