Cast

Boris Karloff as............The Monster
Colin Clive as.......Dr. Henry Frankenstein
Ernest Thesiger as..........Dr. Pretorius
Elsa Lancaster as..........The Bride

     Valerie Hobson as......Elizabeth Frankenstein    

Directed by........ James Whale
Screenplay by.........William Hurlbut
Produced by......Carl Laemmle, Jr.

 

 

 
 
"You make man like me?"
"NO....Woman!.....Friend for you"
"Friend....Woman.....Wife"

If you ever needed iron-clad proof that sequals don't have to completely and utterly suck, this is it.

Released in 1935 by Universal Pictures, James Whales vision of "Bride" took us in a completely different direction than its origins, combining comedy, satire, religious undertones, irony, and horror.

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Escaping his subterfuge, the monster wanders the countryside looking for a place to hide out, when he discovers an underground vault at the local cemetary. As fate would have it, this would also be the spot one Dr.Pretorius would choose to contemplate his diabolical plan; to create a woman. A Bride, for the Frankenstein monster.
 

 
Bride picks up directly on the heels of "Frankenstein", at the site of the now smoldering mass that was at one time a windmill. With the monster dead from the flames and eventual collapse of the tower.

Or is he?

Still alive in the water caverns below, the monster waits for a chance to enforce his revenge on those who tried to bring him down....the living.

 
 
 
Veteran character actor Ernest Thesiger delivers a wonderful performance as Dr. Pretorius, who forces Henry Frankenstein against his will to help him create the bride. Chronic horrorheads may know that Thesiger later played opposite Karloff in the horror classic "The Ghoul"

 

 

 

  Dr. Frankenstein, finally coming to his senses, refuses to assist in Dr.P's evil plot, until the monster kidnaps Elizabeth, and Pretorius threatens her life.

Eventually, their creation is brought to life, and the monster is brought to the sad realization that some women just can't be satisfied, as the bride shreaks at his ugliness and turns away from him.

Making for one very unhappy camper, er... monster.

 
The production of "Bride of Frankenstein" was genius, as you begin to pity and understand the creature and actually feel sorry for him. Karloff is king...no question.

The films finale is one of the greatest movie endings in movie history, and if this isnt in your video or dvd library, you should be ashamed of yourself.