Bride of Frankenstein

The Bride of Frankenstein has an in-your- face audacity that hasn't dimmed all that much after [decades].

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Bride of Frankenstein

SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PROGRAM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 AT THE FINE ARTS AT 7:30 PM

80TH Anniversary screening of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

The original
Frankenstein, directed by British-born auteur James Whale, helped to inaugurate the horror genre in the sound era. Yet Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein from 1935 is a rare example of a sequel that surpasses the original. Pauline Kael called Bride a “macabre comedy classic.” Boris Karloff revisits his memorable role as the Monster and adds revealing new touches to the portrait. Elsa Lanchester plays the Bride and also appears as author Mary Shelley in an ingenious prologue. Kael wrote of Lanchester in this movie, “She won our hearts forever.” The cast also includes Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Una O’Connor, and Dwight Frye.

As a special bonus feature, we will also present ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN from 1948. This was the comedy duo’s best effort to re-interpret classic Hollywood genres in their own zany style. Leonard Maltin wrote, “[this] all-time great horror-comedy still works beautifully.” Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi co-star. Enjoy this Halloween double feature—two movies for the price of one.
Genre
Horror, Anniversary Classics
Runtime
75
Language
English
Director
James Whale
Cast
Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson
FEATURED REVIEW
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The film works perfectly well on its own terms, as a sequel to Whale's "Frankenstein" (1931), recasting the Monster as an outcast yearning for friendship. The credits for "Frankenstein" said it was inspired by a novel by "Mrs. Percy B. Shelley." "Bride" improves the billing of the feminist heroine, ...

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