Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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I cannot believe it is not on Greatest Sequels list
Frankenstein 2: The Monster Goes to Kindergarten and Develops an Alcohol Problem.
Still a good movie, though
Director James Whale returned (with some coaxing, apparently) for Bride of Frankenstein, which has a fun conceit - Mary Shelley herself telling Byron and Percy that her story isn't quite over. If the sequel followed the novel, it would end on an ice flow, but while the movie pays lip service to some events in the book (like Frank learning to speak), it actually goes in a completely different way. To put it colloquially, it's bananas. Like, what's that bit with the tiny homonculous? Beyond some pretty impressive effects, I mean. That's just very weird. But the Bride herself is a too-little seen triumph, and the plot moves along at a great pace, straight from the last moments of the original. My only problem with the movie is Una O'Connor over-acting all over the place as Minnie the Maid. They use her less in the back half, thankfully. Bride should be on anyone's list of sequels equal or superior to the originals.
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This movie ranks #13 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
This movie ranks #24 in IMDb's Horror Top 50
This movie ranks #25 in 100 Must-See Films Of The 20th Century
This movie ranks #32 in IMDb's 1930s Top 50
This movie ranks #55 in Best Of Rotten Tomatoes
This movie ranks #67 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #91 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #108 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #131 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #134 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #148 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #161 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #163 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #175 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #204 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #244 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #328 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #752 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List