The Bride of Frankenstein
USA 1935, S/W, 78:00 min,
Regie: James Whale
DarstellerInnen: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger u.a.
On Lord Byron’s request, Mary Shelley resumes the tale of “Frankenstein” (1931) and what happened to Henry Frankenstein and his monster after the end of the film: Frankenstein has barely recovered from the fight with the monster in the burning mill, when he receives a visitor, his former teacher Dr. Pretorius, who wants to convince him of his idea for a new project: a bride for the monster.
In many respects, Frankenstein’s Bride is considered to be one of the best classic Universal horror movies of the 1930s. Apart from a few inconsistencies, the plot is full of humour and wit featured in the script. A masterstroke with regard to the animation technology at the time was the presentation of Praetorius’ minimized people (Homunculi), which he holds captive in glasses. Elsa Lanchester, the actress who played the bride, became a female icon of horror movies.
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