Dr. Frankenstein and his monster both turn out to be alive, not killed as previously believed. Dr. Frankenstein wants to get out of the evil experiment business, but when a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps his wife, Dr. Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new creature.
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3.4 The true Horror of this Classic Horror film is the horrible acting! The glory of it, however, is the amazing set design. They say this is the best of the Frankenstein films. I think that the best has got to be Young Frankenstein but that film seems to be largely a spoof of and inspired by this one more than any of the others. Perhaps Young Frankenstein would not exist if it weren't for Bride of Frankenstein?
Rewatched and re-loved. This film is a masterpiece and I really love it, even more than the first film. Frankenstein was one of my first favorite books: yes, the story breaks my heart. And don't forget it...Halloween is coming.
Although more funny than scary, this has to be one of the best sequels ever done. James Whale's narration is lyrical and stylish, the settings evoke gothic mystique and Boris Karloff perfectly embodies the tall walking corpse, who embarks on a murderous rampage after the events of the first film, only to find at the end that even he has a heart. excellent horror/black comedy universal classic.
A worthy sequel that can be summed up by its marketing slogan 'the monster demands a mate'. While it lacks the pathos of the original and does get silly at times (Ernest Thesiger's performance and character) it does provide some classic horror moments and a brief but iconic turn by Elsa Lanchester. 'To a new world of gods and monsters!'
Superior to the 1931 film, however much of a detour it is from Shelley's classic novel. It perfectly plays up the 'What If?' Card regarding the Monster having a companion. This film is a profound exploration of gender politics. No adaptation of the novel has yet surpassed this. PS. Karloff is still the quintessential Monster.
Everything expands, including production value, body count, world and character building, and amount of people involved. Dr. Pretorius is the pure evil to counterpoint Dr. Frankenstein's previous redemption, the bride shines during her two minutes of screen time, and the macabre humor hits its high notes.
Bursting with boldness and creativity, I fully understand why people believe this sequel surpasses the original. While I don't think it succeeds at everything it attempts (some of the humor really kills the mood), the successes are far more resounding than the shortcomings. The story is emotionally satisfying, the technical qualities are exceptional, and Karloff somehow outdoes his performance from the first film.