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The Bride of Frankenstein [DVD] [Classic Collection]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, a masterly mix of horror and black comedy, is the first in a series of sequels to FRANKENSTEIN (SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN). In the wry prologue, Mary Shelley (Elsa Lanchester) resumes her gothic tale after the face-off in a burning windmill between Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and his horrific creation, the Monster (Boris Karloff). Presumed dead, the fiend rises again, immediately dispatching two villagers and wandering into the forest. Meanwhile, at chez Frankenstein, the archly villainous Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) arrives, demanding to see Henry "on a secret grave matter." In a touching scene, the Monster, chased by countless angry mobs, finds brief respite with a blind hermit (O.P. Heggie) who befriends him and teaches him to speak. Mad-as-a-hatter Pretorius blackmails unwilling Henry into creating a female monster, culminating in another gorgeously filmed laboratory scene of lightning, flying kites, and whirring gizmos. Once the lightning-streaked, big-haired, white-robed Bride (Elsa Lanchester again) walks, how will the Monster react; who will live and who will die? Horror fans will delight in Whale's superb camera work of sweeping crane shots and canted angles, the cavernous, shadowy sets, and the atmospheric Franz Waxman score.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20632

  • Credits
    Elsa Lanchester, Valerie Hobson, Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger, Dwight Frye, O.P. Heggie, Gavin Gordon, Douglas Walton, Boris Karloff, William Henry Pratt, Lucien Prival, Una O'Connor, E. E. Clive
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A rarity....The movie doesn't hesitate to go too far....It's a kick..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The best of the Frankenstein movies -- a sly, subversive work..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...BRIDE is a bridge to all fright films that trawl for giggles and screams..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Universal's horror crown jewel."
    Entertainment Weekly

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