The Horror Honeys: Because Monsters Need Love Too

Because Monsters Need Love Too

A Lovey Monster Honey Review by Jennica


We, as monsters, tend to get a bad reputaton among humans. We're loud, we look horrifying, and we can be a little violent at times. People are always running away from us and screaming, begging for their lives. We are always getting shot at, set on fire, and occasionally chopped into little pieces. But we are not all bad; just highly misunderstood. Like humans, we often get lonely. We need someone or something to love and love us in return. It is not just a part of the human condition. And Bride of Frankenstein (1935) goes to show that the struggle is real.

The Plot: After realizing the danger of his creation, Dr. Frankenstein vows to hang up his lab coat in the field of mad science. But when his colleague Dr. Pretentious-- I mean Pretorius-- holds Mrs. Dr. Frankenstein hostage in exchange for his assistance with constructing a lady companion for his monster, it's an offer that Dr. Frankenstein cannot refuse. Hey, monsters need love too. And, after all, a woman is much more terrifying than any monster.

As one of the first sequels in monster movie history, I cannot help but acknowledge the continuity of the story that is quite possibly ahead of its time. Enchantingly narrated by Mary Shelley (Elsa Lanchester), Bride of Frankenstein uses flashback sequences to remind its viewers of the main events in the first film as it begins where that film ended. Like many modern-day sequels, it is not necessary to have seen the previous film. But you really, really should (see my review of Frankenstein).
"My monsters bring all the boys to the yard..."
Also similar to the recent sequels that we have grown to love and sometimes hate, Bride of Frankenstein carries out more of the same themes that were introduced in the first film. With Dr. Frankenstein joining dark forces with Dr. Pretorius, the film continues to debate the evil of science versus religion. When he is introduced to Dr. Pretorius's miniature human prototypes, Dr. Frankenstein believes it to be black magic  at first but Dr. Pretorius assures him that it is indeed the power of science from which his abominations stem.

During every viewing of Bride of Frankenstein I have ever experienced, my anticipation builds with each minute that I await the lady monster's grand entrance. And with the blink of an eye, she's gone and so is the rest of the movie. Seriously, Frankenstein's monster didn't take long to roll out of bed and he got at least a good forty-five minutes to flail about and terrorize an entire village. His bride takes nearly the entire sequel to put her face on and gets her fifteen seconds of fame just before being destroyed. Not even I take that long to get ready. Jeez.

"So, what are your intentions with my monster?"
And it appears that I'm not the only one who was disappointed by the queen of the monsters. Poor misunderstood Frankenstein's monster is so eager to meet his man-made mate-- someone who could be his eternal lover and his friend-- only to be face to face with a monstrous woman who rejects him just as most humans have rejected him. Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Pretorius get an A+ in anatomy but they get a big blood-red F in chemistry. Frankenstein's monster's undead heart is so broken that he would rather bring death upon everyone including himself than live with a woman who couldn't love him. Who knew a monster could be such a hopeless romantic?

She doesn't hate you, she's just afraid of commitment. 
Jennica's Rating: 4 Bleeding Hearts out of 5

When referring to sequels, "It's not as good as the original," is a phrase that has been uttered to death by moviegoers in recent years, but it often rings true and can even be applied to some of the classics such as Bride of Frankenstein. Overall, the film is entertaining and an interesting turn for the story of Frankenstein, but after my billionth viewing, the bride of Frankenstein's monster still appears to be shortchanged for being the title character. However, if you're a budding horror fan, consider Bride of Frankenstein a part of your required curriculum. It's not a perfect film, but it laid down the foundation for sequels to come.

Do you have a love for classic Monster movies? 

If you're a monster looking for love in all the wrong laboratories, Bride of Frankenstein is available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.