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Bride of Frankenstein

Released Apr 22, 1935 1h 15m Horror List
98% Tomatometer 53 Reviews 87% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings
After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster (Boris Karloff) remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control. Read More Read Less
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An eccentric, campy, technically impressive, and frightening picture, James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein has aged remarkably well.

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Otis Ferguson The New Republic Advertised as a chiller, this film turns out to be something else, having a lot of jollification, nice fancy, elegant mounting -- there is, in short, beauty as well as the beast. May 8, 2024 Full Review TIME Magazine Screenwriters Hurlbut & Balderston and Director James Whale have given it the macabre intensity proper to all good horror pieces, but have substituted a queer kind of mechanistic pathos for the sheer evil that was Frankenstein. Oct 7, 2008 Full Review Simon Braund Empire Magazine Whale's erudite genius brings it all together. He sculpts every nuance of self-parody, social satire, horror, humour, wit and whimsy into a dazzling whole, keeping every one of his fantastical plates spinning until the tragic, inevitable finale. Rated: 5/5 Sep 24, 2007 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews The Bride of Frankenstein is without a question the best sequel in the cycle and ranks alongside Frankenstein (if not slightly above it) at the apex. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 14, 2024 Full Review Abby Monteil them. It’s no secret that monsters have always appealed to queer folks who see themselves in an “other” that fights eradication, and Bride understands that sentiment perfectly. Oct 26, 2022 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand The baroque blast of stylized design, gothic hysteria and black humor teases, terrifies, and raises the drama to operatic levels. Oct 9, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Dallas H This movie has so much story filler in its first half. The whole scene with the miniaturized people contained within the bell jars has no real purpose for the point of the main story. It is just a time filler. Beyond minor elements such as this, I still find the film entertaining, even if it is a prominent source of satirical references for Mel Brooks's movie Young Frankenstein (1974). Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/24 Full Review Terry S This film hasn't become a classic by accident. Top-notch effects for the period and over-the-top performances by all! Just loads of fun for all. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/24 Full Review Felicity K So many excellent campy characters, the only thing letting it down is the ending for me. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/24 Full Review Jay H Una O'Conner was awful in The Invisible Man, and she almost ruins this movie, too. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/24 Full Review Alec B Bride of Frankenstein is a classic horror film that elevates the iconic tale of Mary Shelley's creation to new heights of cinematic brilliance. Directed by James Whale, this sequel surpasses its predecessor, delivering a perfect blend of horror, humor, and poignant storytelling. Boris Karloff reprises his role as the tormented monster, while Elsa Lanchester makes a memorable entrance as the ethereal Bride. The film not only deepens the exploration of the monster's existential struggle but also introduces layers of complexity to Dr. Frankenstein's character. Whale's masterful direction, coupled with Franz Waxman's evocative score, creates an atmospheric masterpiece that transcends the horror genre. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/14/23 Full Review Sean D Felt like part 2 of the original Frankenstein movie. This was better than the original! Adding music was a huge plus to show more feel of a scene. They also had more awesome scenes with the Frankenstein monster. This is fun to see him grow in these scenes. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Pretorius Uses The Monster For Backup Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Pretorius Uses The Monster For Backup 2:21 Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Teaching the Monster Manners Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Teaching the Monster Manners 2:37 Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Frankenstein Needs a New Heart Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Frankenstein Needs a New Heart 2:09 Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Pretorius Shows Henry His Experiment Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Pretorius Shows Henry His Experiment 2:45 Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Frankenstein is Hungry Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Frankenstein is Hungry 0:58 Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Henry Tries to Give the Creature Life Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Henry Tries to Give the Creature Life 2:59 Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - The Monster Meets His Bride Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - The Monster Meets His Bride 3:00 Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Blackmail Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Blackmail 0:47 Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Pretorius Has a Plan Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - Pretorius Has a Plan 2:20 Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - She's Alive! She's Alive! Bride of Frankenstein: Official Clip - She's Alive! She's Alive! 2:27 View more videos
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Synopsis After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster (Boris Karloff) remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control.
Director
James Whale
Producer
Carl Laemmle Jr.
Screenwriter
William Hurlbut, John L. Balderston, Mary Shelley
Distributor
MCA/Universal Pictures [us], Universal Pictures, Universal Home Entertainment, Film Classics Inc., Universal International Pictures, Realart Pictures Inc.
Production Co
Universal Pictures
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 22, 1935, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
May 8, 2015
Runtime
1h 15m
Sound Mix
Mono
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