The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
As a continuation of the Frankenstein movie, which is based on a novel by Mary Shelly in 1818, and aired in Broadway in December of 1931, the Bride of Frankenstein (which is an American horror movie) was directed by James Whale and aired in 1935. Though the filming is set in the present day, the movie has been well crafted to fit in the plot of the 19th century. The costumes and the houses are well done, and one actually feels that he is back in time. As the film begins, Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon) and Percy (Douglas Walton) commend Shelly (Elsa Lanchester) for the previous story of Frankenstein, and she replies that she still has a lot to say. The scene changes to the villagers who are surrounding a burning windmill celebrating the death of ‘The Monster’ (Boris Karloff).
Things turn around, as with the death of Hans (Reginald Barlow) the father of the girl which Karloff, ‘The Monster’ drowned in the last film; Frankenstein, and other people such as Hans’s wife (Mary Gordon) die, it is realized that Karloff survived the fire. He is alive! This creates confusion among the villagers, and Karloff has to run away. He seeks to find Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive), his maker, to create a life mate for him. As Frankenstein recovers at home with the aid of his fiancé, Elizabeth (Valerie Hobson) Doctor Septimus Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) joins him later on. Meanwhile Karloff wanders away in the undergrowth in search of company. On his way, he rescues a young shepherdess from drowning, and this only leads him to be caged as an animal. He escapes, and later on a tune of a violin leads him to a company of a blind man (O.P Heggie), who teaches him many things, and becomes his friend. There is lot of irony in this. ‘The Monster’, Karloff only gets a blind friend who does not see his ugly face. But in the end it does not work out, as some two hunters hunt, they stumble onto the hut. The monster attacks them, and again he is chased as a brute, as the hut is set ablaze. What a poor soul! He again wanders as a stray dog.
Meanwhile, with the coming of Doctor Septimus, and regaining his strength as now a husband of Elizabeth, Frankenstein zeal to discover immortality is awakened. Before he agrees to Septimus proposal to make a companion for ‘The Monster’, he is blackmailed by the ploy of the Doctor and ‘The monster’, and Elizabeth is kidnapped by Karloff. It is only after constant assurance of his wife safety that Frankenstein gives into the doctor’s request. After seeing all the things the doctor has created, Frankenstein quest comes back to him, and both of them decide to make a companion for Karloff. They exhume bodies, get a flesh human heart, and in the laboratory, both of them create Karloff a bride, (Elsa Lanchester). The bride, after the badges are removed from her body, comes alive, and Doctor Septimus shouts in excitement to their achievement. This is all good, however, unfortunately for Karloff, the bride rejects him. In his fury to her rejection, he seeks to destroy the laboratory. He allows Frankenstein and his wife Elizabeth to escape. The movie ends in a tragedy, and an anticlimax, as Doctor Septimus together with the ‘bride’ (Elsa Lanchester) are left in the laboratory with Karloff.
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