Last week I decided to sit down and watch a classic old school Black and White film from my ‘Monsters’ box set on Bluray. This film was a 1st watch for me- the film is so old it features a stereo audio track. Long before colour TV’s and surround sound, in the year 1935, Universal Pictures were making horror monster films correctly. Especially when compared to the all recent modern attempts such as Dracula, The Mummy (Tom Crusie) & Van Helsing!
Starting right off where we last left Frankenstein, the town celebrates the death of Frankenstein, but at the same time, the city is also in mourning for the monster’s creator “Henry Frankenstein”, who also died while defeating the beast.
Within a matter of minutes, we soon discover that both Frankenstein and Henry Frankenstein have survived and are alive! Henry Frankenstein returns to his soon to be wife. As for Frankenstein… well he begins to run and hide from the town all over again. Henry Frankenstein is shortly in discussions with an old friend and decides to try once again to create another human. In fact, after learning from the mistakes last time, they can perhaps make a better human, or to better put it, a perfect creation who would be “A Bride for Frankenstein”.
Bride of Frankenstein is surprisingly unpredictable, in particular with it’s ending. The entire film came from a movie studio with intelligent use of stop motion and miniatures models.
This film is a true classic of cinemas. I wouldn’t mind if Hollywood wanted this film redone one day, but perhaps the studios should just keep it basic. A movie like this reminds us that a good story is the strength of a film. We don’t need cars flipping and helicopters crashing all the time to make a classic film come to life.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden