Frankenstein turns 200 this year and Mary Shelley’s classic tale of horror is still going strong today.
There have been many adaptations over the years but one of the best is the sequel to James Whale’s 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein: 1935’s The Bride of Frankenstein.
It begins with Mary Shelley (Elsa Lanchester) telling her tale to Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Walton) and Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon). Here story picks up where the last film left off. The Monster (Boris Karloff) has survived the burning windmill and flees, killing a couple of the villagers. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) is believed to be dead and taken back to his home where it’s revealed that he’s still alive. After a slow recovery Frankenstein’s mentor, Doctor Septimus Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), arrives to show Frankenstein that he too has been experimenting with creating life.
Doctor Pretorius has created miniature homunculi. He wants to combine his work with Frankenstein’s and create a mate for the monster. Meanwhile, the monster has been terrorizing the countryside and eventually runs into Pretorius who tells him about the mate.
The monster, naturally, is very eager to have a mate.
This is a classic from the golden days of Universal Studios horror. Karloff is fantastic as always, as Ernest Thesiger brings a much more sinister mad scientist to the mix. Here’s my original post from my 2012 31DOH series.
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