2.5-3 Mary Shelley makes an appearance in this film as though to assure us of classic quality only to disappear immediately, and so does the classic quality, abandoned for an money-making action-packed adventure tale for children. 'Bride' may be more consistently and explosively violent, but it's also a childishly lighthearted adventure. The wonderful production can't quite bare the weight of the cornball.
It's become more cult than the first film about Frankenstein because more elaborate and lively. With a disparate touch, quirky but brilliant if compared to the coeval Universal films, this horror has his own kind of brutality: while intense encounters between neglected people are propitiated, the plot outlines something very different: mostly fear and dispair.
Unfortunately this one was a disappointing one for me. It doesn't help, as many have pointed out, that the title is pretty misleading. The film stretches out some of the horror appeals of the original but loses a lot of the elegance and philosophical implications of the first. It can stay in the canon but is certainly the lesser film.
3.5 It's jarring to see this directly after the original film, as the broadly comic tone (especially Una O'Connor) contrasts so greatly with the tragedy of the 1931 masterpiece. In set design, the house of Frankenstein seems oddly diminished too, as does the complexity of Colin Clive's Henry. Still, Dr. Pretorious is perverse and creepy, the blind hermit is great & you've got to love that underground crypt set.
A sequel so direct, that it actually does more justice to the source material. A monster is turned into a more complex antagonist that loves art, longs for company and enjoys drinks, but it doesn't hold back from killing either. Thanks to the ability to speak, Boris Karloff's performance shines along with striking visuals - making this installment just as good, if not even better than its predecessor.
Eccentric weird characters, witty dialouge, Gothic atmosphere and Karloff giving the monster a tragedy and sadness unparalleled in other Frankenstein films is the highlight of this classic Universal monster movie that few other horror comedies can top even if the housemaid is totally bonkers and over-the-top.
A worthy sequel that can be summed up by its marketing slogan 'the monster demands a mate'. While it lacks the pathos of the original and does get silly at times (Ernest Thesiger's performance and character) it does provide some classic horror moments and a brief but iconic turn by Elsa Lanchester. 'To a new world of gods and monsters!'
Truly awe - inspiring. A lavish, utterly looney sequel that goes from the horrific to the hilarious to the poignant (and sometimes in one scene, like the monster's meeting with Pretorius) without missing a single beat. The creation of the bride is one of classic Hollywood's most spellbinding sequences
3.4 The true Horror of this Classic Horror film is the horrible acting! The glory of it, however, is the amazing set design. They say this is the best of the Frankenstein films. I think that the best has got to be Young Frankenstein but that film seems to be largely a spoof of and inspired by this one more than any of the others. Perhaps Young Frankenstein would not exist if it weren't for Bride of Frankenstein?
Bursting with boldness and creativity, I fully understand why people believe this sequel surpasses the original. While I don't think it succeeds at everything it attempts (some of the humor really kills the mood), the successes are far more resounding than the shortcomings. The story is emotionally satisfying, the technical qualities are exceptional, and Karloff somehow outdoes his performance from the first film.
Widely regarded the best of the Universal monster movies, and I can see why. I haven’t seen the movies predecessor in quite a while, but I have seen Dracula and The Wolf Man fairly recently (both provoking much nostalgia from my early childhood monster phase), and while those films are closer to me, I understand that this is probably the better. That doesn’t make it great or anything, just, you know, pretty good.
I haven't experienced this much raw pleasure from a film in a while. The set/costume design is excellent. Thesiger & Clive compete for the most iconic-looking mad scientist. Overall BRIDE is more visually & emotionally interesting than the 1st film. Particularly fascinating is all the Christ symbolism surrounding Karloff's monster. It felt like Whale was inviting his Christian audience to do a little soul searching.