The Bride of Frankenstein
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Dr. Frankenstein is forced to tempt fate once again by creating a suitable mate for his monster.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 22, 1935
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Consensus: An eccentric, campy, technically impressive, and frightening picture, James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein has aged remarkably well.

TIME Magazine

Screenwriters Hurlbut & Balderston and Director James Whale have given it the macabre intensity proper to all good horror pieces, but have substituted a queer kind of mechanistic pathos for the sheer evil that was Frankenstein.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

Another astonishing chapter in the career of the Monster.

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Gary M. Kramer
Gay City News

[James ]Whale's film is fantastic and essential queer gothic. He exquisitely uses light and shadow to highlight the actors' faces and creates a marvelously eerie atmosphere in mist-covered moors.

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Variety Staff

Karloff manages to invest the character with some subtleties of emotion that are surprisingly real and touching.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Whale's most perfectly realised movie, a delight from start to finish.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

James Whale's extravagantly produced sequel to his own Frankenstein still ranks as one of horrordom's greatest achievements.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Whale added an element of playful sexuality to this version, casting the proceedings in a bizarre visual framework that makes this film a good deal more surreal than the original.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Seen today, Whale's masterpiece is more surprising than when it was made because today's audiences are more alert to its buried hints of homosexuality, necrophilia and sacrilege. But you don't have to deconstruct it to enjoy it.

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Whale returns to his Frankenstein with this amusing sequel that has an even campier, deliciously wrier humor and offers more depth to Karloff's Monster,… More
Spencer S.
A sequel to the film "Frankenstein" this film from director James Whale does a much more adequate job of showing the plight of the monster. While the… More
KJ Proulx
As far as sequels go, "The Bride of Frankenstein" is great, however, I felt like I wanted more of the bride than what was delivered. Instead of having… More
Tim Salmons
The Bride of Frankenstein reunites James Whale, Colin Clive and Boris Karloff for a sequel that often overshadows its predecessor in popularity, especially when… More
Devon Bott
Even though 1931's "Frankenstein" was neatly wrapped up at the end, killing off the doctor and his monster, Universal intended to make a sequel… More
Graham Jones
A horror classic, though in my opinion lacks the cinematic beauty of the images in the first film.

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