The Bride of Frankenstein

Release date: April 22, 1935

Director: James Whale

Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Elsa Lanchester, Gavin Gordon and Douglas Walton

Great sequel to the classic 1931 film Frankenstein being just as good as the original, I actually think it is better than the original film.

Taking place right after the events of Frankenstein, this film again follows The Monster (Karloff) who survived the blaze in a burning windmill that supposedly killed him. He rises from the rubble to run rampage once more.

A dark scientist named Dr. Pretorius (Thesiger) is determined to make a mate for the monster, and teach him how to speak. Pretorius blackmails Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Clive), forcing him back into the laboratory to revive another corpse - this time a woman - that will become The Monster's partner.

This remarkable sequel has been regarded as better than the original, and I tend to agree. Bride of Frankenstein reunites most of the original cast, including Karloff and Clive among others. Director James Whale also returns to the director's chair to make this quality classic horror movie. Karloff's portrayal is perfect. He makes the perfect monster who is made a lot closer to the source material. Instead of killing everything in his path he acknowledges the kindness of others who wish to help, and his halting words of dialogue are haunting.

Colin Clive returns to the role that he made back in 1931, and still retains the character's intrigue as well as his determination.

Special effects and make-up look amazing considering that it's a film made over 70 years ago.

Overall, Bride of Frankenstein is classic horror balanced out with some comic relief. It has dated badly, but the brilliance still shines through and makes for a very enjoyable 75 minutes of viewing.

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