Bride of Frankenstein

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  • Horror films
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Tremendous sequel to Whale's own original, with a clever prologue between Byron and Mary Shelley setting the scene for the revival of both Frankenstein and his monster. Thereafter Thesiger's loony Dr Praetorius arrives on the scene, complete with miniaturised humans, and tries to persuade the good doctor to have another go at creating life, this time in the form of a female companion for Karloff. What distinguishes the film is less its horror content, which is admittedly low, than the macabre humour and sense of parody. Strong on atmosphere, Gothic sets and expressionist camerawork, it is - along with The Old Dark House, Whale's most perfectly realised movie, a delight from start to finish.

Release details

Duration: 80 mins

Cast and crew

Director: James Whale
Screenwriter: William Hurlbut
Cast: Ernest Thesiger
Gavin Gordon
Boris Karloff
Valerie Hobson
Elsa Lanchester
Una O'Connor
Colin Clive
Dwight Frye