Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

"I grew them from seed." says mad scientist Dr. Pretorius as he unveils miniature living people. He never clarifies what "seed" he's talking about, but I bet it's not appropriate for 1935 audiences.


As you can tell from that shot, this movie was a pretty cheesy. The special effects of that scene actually weren't that bad, but the concept was a little over-the-top.

Despite that, Bride of Frankenstein was a fun movie in as much as it humanized Frankenstein. He approaches almost every stranger with kindness and curiosity but they always just run from him in fear.


It isn't until he meets a blind man that he finally shares a drink with his first friend.. Good news, Frankenstein loves cigars and beer. As he describes it, "Smoke, good. Drink, GOOD."


After the townspeople ruin that friendship for him, he continues to be lost and rejected in the world, even up until the end when his new "bride" fears him.


I also want to point out the cinematography, especially during the final act when Henry Frankenstein and Dr. Pretorius are bringing Frankenstein's bride to life. They use stark lighting, close shots, and angled framing for a perfectly classic horror feel. I love it.


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