The Bride of Frankenstein!

It’s no surprise the Monster survived the fire.

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Greetings fellow Insomniacs! For some of you, this will be the first time we are getting together. And some of you have been here through various incarnations since the beginning. Let me say thank you to you all! The Insomniac Drive-In celebrates all things Horror, Sci-Fi, Kung Fu, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Kaiju, 80s Movies, and all the other pieces that made up my childhood.

I’m so excited to have a more permanent home for our reviews again, and look forward to where we go from here. Let’s get into it! “The Bride of Frankenstein” was released in 1935. It is part of the Universal Monsters series. It stars Boris Kaloff, Collin Clive, and Elsa Lanchester. Universal knew they had hits on their hands with Dracula and Frankenstein. So, it was no surprise that the monster would survive the fire at the end of “Frankenstein”. I haven’t seen this film in awhile and it was quite enjoyable. The story follows a Dr. Pretorius seeking Dr. Frankenstein after rescuing his monster. The monster has learned to talk and he wants a mate. Elsa Lanchester isn’t in enough as the Bride but her scenes are complete heartbreak for the Monster.

The set pieces are cool, I thought the laboratory in the first film was cooler, but there are some nice pieces. Directed by James Whale, there is more lightness to it. Apparently, Whales didn’t want to return to direct but ended up directing, and wanted to make a different movie. He felt he had told the story he wanted to in the first film.

Jack Pierce’s make-up on Karloff was great. Showing the after effects of the fire, the monster looks a little worse this time around. Karloff gets lines in this one. He always had such a kind voice, and he’s the one actor from this age that I would love to have a sit down with.

This is a great popcorn late night feature. If you haven’t seen it, definitely check it out!

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