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Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection (1935)

Cast: Boris Karloff, Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, more...
Director: James Whale, James Whale
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Classics, Horror, Science Fiction , Classic Sci-Fi, Killer Critters, Classic Sci Fi/Fantasy, Classic Horror, Classic Fantasy, Classic Horror, Mad Science, Mad Science
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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This greatest of all Frankenstein movies begins during a raging thunderstorm. Warm and cozy inside their palatial villa, Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon), Percy Shelley (Douglas Walton), and Shelley's wife Mary (Elsa Lanchester) engage in morbidly sparkling conversation. The wicked Byron mockingly chastises Mary for frightening the literary world with her recent novel Frankenstein, but Mary insists that her horror tale preached a valuable moral, that man was not meant to dabble in the works of God. Moreover, Mary adds that her story did not end with the death of Frankenstein's monster, whereupon she tells the enthralled Byron and Shelley what happened next. Surviving the windmill fire that brought the original 1931 Frankenstein to a close, the Monster (Boris Karloff) quickly revives and goes on another rampage of death and destruction. Meanwhile, his ailing creator Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) discovers that his former mentor, the demented Doctor Praetorius (Ernst Thesiger), plans to create another life-sized monster -- this time a woman! After a wild and wooly "creation" sequence, the bandages are unwrapped, and the Bride of the Monster (Elsa Lanchester again) emerges. Alas, the Monster's tender efforts to connect with his new Mate are rewarded only by her revulsion and hoarse screams. "She hate me," he growls, "Just like others!" Wonderfully acted and directed, The Bride of Frankenstein is further enhanced by the vivid Franz Waxman musical score; even the film's occasional lapses in logic and continuity (it was trimmed from 90 to 75 minutes after the first preview) are oddly endearing. Director James Whale was memorably embodied by Ian McKellen in the Oscar-winning 1998 biopic Gods and Monsters. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Disc One contains:

  • Frankenstein (1931)
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Special Features:
  • Frankenstein Theatrical Trailer
  • Frankenstein Audio Commentary with film Historian Rudy Behlmer
  • Bride of Frankenstein Audio Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
  • Bride of Frankenstein: Original Poster and Photo Gallery
  • Bride of Frankenstein Theatrical Trailer

GreenCine Member Ratings

Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection (Disc 1 of 2) (1935)
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7.85 (68 votes)
Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection (Disc 2 of 2) (1935)
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GreenCine Member Reviews

Frankenstein is a must see for horror fans of all ages! by Calyankee November 14, 2005 - 10:12 AM PST
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If you are like me and began watching horror movies in black and white late night on TV during the 1950's you will love this trip down memory lane. If you haven't seen this film you owe it to yourself to see how all this monster madness started. Frankenstein is the grandaddy of all horror films and this movie delivers. Look for a terrific performance from Colin Clive as the eccentric and obsessed Dr. Frankenstein. Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein monster is unsurpassed for his ability to terrorize you and yet give the monster feelings and emotions you probably didn't discern if you first saw this classic years ago as a kid. For added effect watch this one with the lights out and some popcorn straight through.

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