The Bride of Frankenstein

Co-presented by Hangover Matinees and Friday Night Frights

Live set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

Not only is James Whale’s 1935 The Bride of Frankenstein one of the first horror sequels, but it is the first sequel to arguably surpass the quality and esteem of its genre-defining (and also Whale-directed) predecessor. Really the second half of Mary Shelley’s seminal Gothic horror novel, Whale’s film departs from the original text significantly, including the addition of one of cinema’s first not-so-thinly veiled homosexual characters in the guise of the wicked and brilliant Dr. Pretorious (Ernest Thesiger). Boris Karloff is back in the neck bolts, aided by the ever-beguiling Elsa Lancaster as the titular, shock-haired bride–also an icon of movie monsterdom–but the real star of the show is Whale’s wit and playfulness with what would normally be a standard cobwebs and crypts affair. From the sets to the score to the side characters, Bride of Frankenstein chills and delights nearly a century after its release; a must-see for Halloween–or any season, for that matter.

Dir. James Whale, 1935, 35mm, 75 min.

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