We’ve covering it all this week—A green super hero, dancing penguins, The Horse Whisperer, and now “The Bride of Frankenstein.” Roger’s in his office with the latest in his series on the great movies.
If I had to choose a single monster movie, it would have to be "The Bride of Frankenstein." Just for one thing, it directly inspired Mel Brooks's "Young Frankenstein," and that has to count for something. This is Bill Kurtis speaking for Roger Ebert. The 1935 classic stars Boris Karloff as the monster, and Elsa Lanchester as Mary Shelley, created the fictional Frankenstein and here finds herself part of the story.
The movie, directed by James Whale, influenced for all time our ideas about mad scientists as their laboratories. Many years later, Mel Brooks found this actual set still in existence, and recycled it in his own movie.
"Bride of Frankenstein" doesn't make the mistake of so many later monster movies, of making the monster one-dimensional. It has a great deal of sympathy for the lonely and confused creature.
James Whale was a great director who also made the original 1931 "Frankenstein" and the 1933 classic "The Invisible Man." The 1998 movie "Gods and Monsters" starring Ian McKellan was based on his life.
"The Bride of Frankenstein" is one of those movies everyone should see sooner or later. It is available right now for Instant Streaming on Netflix.
Thanks Roger. By the way, The Bride of Frankenstein is a much better family film than Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Her hair is very penguiny though.