Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Thursday, June 6th
This 1935 sequel to the Universal horror film Frankenstein (1931) is a re-imagination based on the original Frankenstein story written by Mary Shelly. To tie the two films together, Bride of Frankenstein begins with a prologue featuring authoress Mary Shelly (Elsa Lanchester) in the company of Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon) and her husband Percy Shelly (Douglas Walton). From the onset, there is the comparison of good and evil. The beautiful, gentle, and supposedly afraid of the storm Mary Shelly is the one who conceived the original dark story about a monster created from the dead. Also, in the prologue there is a quick glimpse of Una O’Connor as a servant. This is an additional nod to foreshadow that we will see this actress and another from this introduction later in the imaginative world of Frankenstein. We are then taken to the original film and reminded of the birth of the monster, his violence against humans, and presumed demise. However for this dark and stormy night, Mary Shelly has a continuation to her story that she will tell her companions.