Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein

classified PG

Filmic 2016: A History of Electronic Music in Film in Four Parts


Please note: This was screened in April 2016

James Whale
Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive
75 mins, 1935, USA

Part of Filmic 2016

Very few films are dreams, configuring and reconfiguring themselves in your mind on waking. These films, I think, you make yourself, afterwards, somewhere in the shadows in the back of your head. The Bride of Frankenstein is one of those dream-films. – Neil Gaiman

There’s nothing like a bit of classic horror on a Sunday morning to make you feel alive… Alive! Ever since the horror movie genre was at its peak during the pre-WWII era, James Whale’s The Bride Of Frankenstein still remains the cream of the crop and one of the most popular horror movies of all time. Its iconic score - written by Franz Waxman, the legendary German-American composer of such scores as Sunset Boulevard and Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Rear Window - would become a yardstick for the genre and played a huge role in the film’s enduring appeal. Enjoy again the legendary Boris Karloff (reprising his role as cinema’s most famous monster) as he longs for a mate of his own, and the overly ambitious Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) who seeks to create him his ill-fated bride (Elsa Lanchester).

Incredibly imaginative and extraordinarily atmospheric (especially for the climactic ‘Creation of the Bride’ sequence), Waxman's score provided a sophistication that was totally out of the ordinary. Creepy and explosive, this brilliantly evocative work of electronic experimentation is also extraordinarily seductive. 80 years on, it remains an orchestral tour-de-force unequalled in the genre.

Part of Filmic 2016.