A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
Dr. Frankenstein and his monster both turn out to be alive, not killed as previously believed. Dr. Frankenstein wants to get out of the evil experiment business, but when a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps his wife, Dr. Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new creature, a woman, to be the companion of the monster. Written by
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One of James Whale's criteria for taking up the director's reins on the film was that he would have complete artistic freedom. This was easily achieved, as Universal's studio head Carl Laemmle Jr. was vacationing in Europe at the time. See more »
As the film begins. Mary Shelley's book Frankenstein hasn't even been published, placing the time as before 1816. And the time of the story is even earlier. Yet Pretorius opens the crypt of a girl who died in 1899, and connects Henry with his kidnapped wife via a "strange electronic device" (a crude telephone} that has to be 20th century. Most of the costumes - men in suits and hats - look straight out of the '30s. See more »
[Lord Byron looking out the window at a thunderstorm]
How beautifully dramatic! The cruelest savage exhibition of nature at her worst without.
[turns to face Mary and Percy Shelley, both seated]
And we three. We elegant three within. I should like to think that an irate Jehovah was pointing those arrows of lightning directly at my head. The unbowed head of George Gordon, Lord Byron. England's greatest sinner. But I cannot flatter myself to that extent. Possibly those ...
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In the opening and closing credits, "The Monster's Mate" is listed as being played by " ? " . Elsa Lanchester is only billed as playing Mary Shelley. See more »
First rate and awesome sequel as good as the original Frankestein
This sensational sequel deals about the Dr. Frankestein (Colin Clive), and the Dr. Pretorius (a sinister Ernest Thesiger) who are coerced by the monster (Boris Karloff) into creating a bride (Elsa Lanchaster in a double role also as the novel's author, Mary Shelley) for him.
The classic actor of horror movies named Boris Karloff is magnificent and Colin Clive brings a strong portrayal of the scientific attempting to create a new monster changing hearts . Atmospheric, slick terror film , creaky at times but it's still impressive. The film displays excellent set design , ambitious screenplay with too many eerie scenes and adequate interpretation for all casting. Boris Karloff does a top notch performance in the role which made him a terror movie legend,it still stands as one of the great screen acting. Dwight Frye also is excellent in a similar role to Igor in a brief performance. Furthermore in role very secondary appears E.E. Clive as burgomaster and John Carradine as a hunter at the hermit's cottage. Special mention to Una O'Connor as sympathetic servant and of course Ernest Thesigher as mean scientific creator of homunculus. Appropriate musical score by Franz Waxman and dark black and white cinematography full of lights and shades by Mescall. It's followed by ¨House of Frankestein¨, ¨son of Frankestein¨, ¨Frankestein meet the wolf man¨ and ¨ The Zingara and the monsters¨ in which as the title suggests, various of Universal's most famous monsters confront and fight among them . The motion picture is masterfully produced and directed by James Whale who already directed his former classic horror film, ¨Frankestein¨. Rating : Top-drawer terror film, essential and indispensable watching.
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