Friday, June 17, 2011

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Hang on to your hats, kids, we've got our first classic horror flick! Riffing on a subplot in Mary Shelley's foundational, feminist, radical (I'm a fan) novel, this film imagines what would have happened if Dr. Frankenstein had followed through on his promise to create a mate for the Creature. We've got Boris Karloff. We've got Elsa Lanchester. We've got a frame narrative that imagines the stormy night where Byron and Shelley (also played by Lanchester! Meta!) created the foundation of modern horror and sci-fi. And, we've got that hair. Pretty giddy about this one, even though I've never seen director James Whale's Frankenstein. Eager to discuss the disputed presence of a gay sensibility!

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