Monday, January 9, 2017

The Bride of Frankenstein 1935

     Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley has written a book about the creation of a living man by a scientist.  She talks to her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron about her idea for another book.  She is thinking about continuing her story with the creation of a woman as a wife for The Monster.  Previously, it was thought that Dr. Frankenstein and his monster were killed by the villagers but it turns out they are alive. 
     I’ve seen this film before and because I was a child at the time, I thought it was very scary!!  Now watching it as an adult, I thought it was very funny in a lot of scenes!!  The impact of this film must depend upon the age of the viewer?  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

75 min, Horror directed by James Whale with Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Elsa Lanchester, Cavin Gordon.

Note:  Imdb 7.9 out of 10, 100% critic 87% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 4*, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 27 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Universal Studios, Universal City, California.  The budget for this film was estimated to be $397,024 but that was a lot of money in 1935.  The first Frankenstein movie was released in 1931.  The budget for Frankenstein was estimated to be $291,000.  Director James Whale first refused to do a sequel film.  He reversed his decision when he was offered complete artistic freedom.  He also directed The Invisible Man and The Old Dark House.  Colin Clive in the role of Frankenstein suffered a broken leg due to a horseback riding accident.  Most of his scenes were filmed sitting or reclining. 

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