Monday, February 11, 2013

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

I wanted to review at least one film that depicts science as a means for horror. The movie is full of antiquated ideals, for example the idea that science allows us to "defy" God and that we were not meant to know more than we are supposed to.  Science is a way of learning more about ourselves and the universe.  It is a way of connecting to each other and sharing our knowledge.

I laughed when they were creating the monster bride.  Dr. Pretorious states, "The heart is the most complex part of the body".  Then it pans over to the monster bride, all wrapped up. He touches her head and claims that inside her skull is an artificially created human brain, which he grew in a lab "like living tissue grown from a culture". If they had any idea back then how truly complex the brain was, this would have been a lot longer movie.

About the characters:

Baron Frankenstein is too over-dramatic, like a woman in a Spanish soap opera.  Dr. Pretorius is delightfully mad, and will go to any means to acheive his experiment, even going so far as to kidnap Frankenstein's wife. Frankenstein's monster. So misunderstood and lonely. "I love dead. I hate living".
I saw a much more human side to the monster, especially when he befriends the blind man. He can never have a normal life because most people judge him as a monster before they can get to know him.      I noticed a theme of prejudice in the film, as well as the more obvious mad-scientist one.

I give this film an A, because it depicts a noticeable sadness around the stereotypical old Sci-Fi/Horror movie.

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