FRANKENSTEIN (1931) is one of the greatest horror films ever made. It's got a mad scientist, a grotesque monster, angry mobs, and a groveling, hunchbacked sidekick. Basically, it's got everything a horror movie should have. It's also directed by James Whale, a visionary filmmaker, and stars Colin Clive and Boris Karloff. The story is classic, and the screams are timeless. What could be better?
A few years after the release of the original film, director Whale was coerced into producing a continuation of his smash hit, despite the fact that he didn't want to. His "rebellion" against the studio for forcing him to return to his earlier artistic ground was to turn the horror genre on its head. Rather than reluctantly churn out a forgettable quickie, Whale produced one of the most bizarre, beautiful, and manic films ever to come from Hollywood. Released in 1935, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN is the first sequel in Hollywood history to be better than the original.
Star Colin Clive, who was a destructive alcoholic, harnessed his barely-controllable pathos and instability to deliver one of the canonical horror performance. Karloff puts the makeup and neck-screws back on as The Monster, but this time he emotes and communicates, presenting a creepy and shocking character from beyond the grave. The very beautiful Elsa Lanchester has got a streak in her hair and creates one of the great iconic images of movie history.
We're going to be watching BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN on Sunday night at the second meeting of the Cinema Club. Joining the resident Alamo Drafthouse film historians will be Dr. Thomas Schatz, esteemed professor and scholar from University of Texas Radio-Television-Film department. Schatz, whose book GENIUS OF THE SYSTEM is essential reading for any film buff, is an expert on Hollywood history. He will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening.
Cinema Club is an interactive new series that highlights the sophisticated appreciation and discussion of classic films from cinema history. At each screening a prominent film historian will introduce an essential film classic. Following the film, the speaker and members of our programming team will lead a discussion of the film, offering insight into the film's production, history, and artistic qualities. This is a venue for film appreciation, to discover or revisit the outstanding achievements of yesterday. Each screening will be accompanied by program notes written by our on-staff film historians. This is your premiere opportunity to relax and bask in the glorious silver screen.
Cinema Club: BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN - Sunday, 3/28 @6:30pm, Ritz