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Bride of the Monster (1955)

Cast: Bela Lugosi, Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, more...
Director: Ed Wood, Ed Wood
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction , Disaster Action, Killer Critters, Mad Science, Mad Science
Running Time: 69 min.
Languages: English
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To most outside observers, Bride of the Monster probably seems like a ridiculously inept horror film, and in many ways it is just that. To connoisseurs of the work of director Edward D. Wood Jr., however, it is the biggest budgeted film in his entire output, made with the resources of a normal B-movie (as opposed to his usual totally emaciated finances) and the most easily accessible of his three horror films. Bela Lugosi, in his final complete performance, portrays Dr. Eric Vornoff, a renegade Eastern European scientist with a plan to create a race of atomic supermen, giants charged with radioactivity. The problem is that the hapless hunters and other passersby at Lake Marsh, where he has set up shop with his hulking, mute assistant Lobo (Tor Johnson), whom the pair waylay, keep dying when he straps them in and switches on his atomic ray machine (which is a not-at-all disguised photographic enlarger). A dozen victims later, reporter Janet Lawson (Loretta King) goes out to investigate the disappearances -- attributed to a monster -- and falls into Vornoff's hands, with her police detective fiance Dick Craig (Tony McCoy) hot on her trail, and a devious spy (George Becwar) from Vornoff's former nation also nosing his way around the swamp and the old house. Vornoff dresses Lawson in a wedding gown and plans to irradiate her but Lobo refuses to allow it, straps Vornoff into the machine, and turns him into a radioactive giant (and into stuntman Eddie Parker, totally unconvincing in his doubling for Lugosi). With his laboratory in flames and the police closing in on all sides, the now super-strong Vornoff goes up in a mushroom cloud when he falls into the clutches of the giant octopus that he uses to dispose of his victims. ~ Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Must See Hokum by dnhoshor June 23, 2004 - 6:53 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Hilariously bad movie is must see viewing. Unnatural dialogue, wooden acting, stock footage of an octopus, an alligator and an atomic explosion, add up to an entertaining hour and nine minutes of movie fun. The props are a hoot. The monster, a very phony looking octopus, is brought to life by actors who thrash about in its tentacles. The mad scientist's gear includes a metal mixing bowl with a couple of insulators and a chin strap that is part of his machine to make a race of super strong atomic men. Gigantic Lobo, Tor Johnson, survives pistol shots at point blank range without shedding a drop of blood. Bela Lugosi's performance is actually pretty good considering what he has to work with. I actually think he might have been enjoying it. If you like unintentionally bad movies, you'll love this one.

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