“Bride of Frankenstein” – Nathan’s Movie Challenge, Week 22
“It’s a perfect night for mystery and horror. The air itself is filled with monsters.”
I like how Bride of Frankenstein picked up right where the first movie left off. I imagine in 1935, this was not a common occurrence in film.
I was surprised by how little of the “Bride” there was, though. She was in the movie for all of 5 minutes, maybe? She’s such an iconic design, I’m surprised she was such a tiny part of the actual movie.
This movie is also a lot funnier than I expected it to be. “Smoke. Good! Drink. Good!” You can see where Young Frankenstein took a lot of its cues from this film over the first Frankenstein. It seems like everyone involved was enjoying themselves. They knew exactly what kind of movie they were making.
It does have some intricately designed sets – although the forest scenes look very obviously set on a soundstage. It’s also a well-lit movie by folks who knew how to get the most out of black & white film.
It’s a bit overacted, but such was the style of 1935. All in all, a pretty impressive picture for its time. The performances hold up.
Bride of Frankenstein was at the time of this review at #71 on my Flickchart list of shame (ranked #181 among the best films of all time). Here’s how it entered my chart:
Bride of Frankenstein vs. Event Horizon
I’m a pretty big fan of Event Horizon. Super-scary, and really well-designed. It’ll beat Bride of Frankenstein.
Bride of Frankenstein vs. Stir of Echoes
The Kevin Bacon-starring thriller is kind of lukewarm, at best. Bride of Frankenstein wins.
Bride of Frankenstein vs. Evan Almighty
Eh, a Steve Carell spin-off that’s not that funny. Bride takes it.
Bride of Frankenstein vs. Xenogenesis
Jim Cameron’s tiny sci-fi short film is impressive for essentially zero budget, but it’s got nothing on Bride of Frankenstein.
Bride of Frankenstein vs. National Lampoon’s Vacation
Vacation isn’t actually as memorable to me as some of the other films in the franchise. Bride wins.
Bride of Frankenstein vs. Starman
I liked Starman alright, but there was something a little lacking in it. Bride of Frankenstein is the better movie.
Bride of Frankenstein vs. The Age of Adaline
Age of Adeline! Big fan. I really like stories that deal with what I call “science fantasy” – unusually aging, time travel, duplicate selves… It’s also very, very romantic. My heart goes out to Harrison Ford’s character something fierce. It beats Bride of Frankenstein.
Bride of Frankenstein vs. Saving Private Ryan
Some people really like Saving Private Ryan, but other than the fantastic opening sequence, it’s not great. Bride of Frankenstein is better.
Bride of Frankenstein vs. Godzilla
I was worried the original Godzilla wasn’t going to be that good, but when I finally got around to watching it, I was captivated. It’s the better monster movie.
Bride of Frankenstein is now ranked #737 out of 1441 movies on my Best Movies of All-Time chart.
Last up is The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Footlight Parade, and Open Range. In the meantime, check out the other films I’ve ranked during the challenge.