THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

Director James Whale
Year 1935
Starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive
Run Time 75min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

More Info IMDb

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.

Drafthouse News

Block Party

Block Party

There’s hope, in other words, in this conversation that even while women are still grossly-underrepresented amongst the director ranks, there is at least the beginnings of the conversation.

Riding in Whirlwinds

Riding in Whirlwinds

As April winds down and, with it, our tribute to car movies - I want to talk a little bit not just about the remaining films (and intimidating trilogy in its own right: Bullitt, Death Proof and Two-Lane Blacktop), but about the films that we weren’t able to program this time around.  If you haven’t seen Steve McQueen in Le Mans, you should do that.  Right now.  I mean it.