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->''"To a new world of gods and monsters!"''
-->-- '''Dr. Pretorius'''

->''"We belong dead."''
-->-- '''FrankensteinsMonster'''

The 1935 sequel to the 1931 film ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'', this is widely considered to be the best of the old UniversalHorror movies. Creator/BorisKarloff and Colin Clive reprise their roles as the monster and Dr. Henry Frankenstein, respectively, while Ernest Thesiger joins the proceedings as as Dr. Septimus Pretorius and Elsa Lanchester plays the eponymous Bride.

We begin in the home of Creator/LordByron, entertaining his friends Percy and Mary Shelley as a [[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight storm rages outside]]. At Byron's urging, Mary continues the story of Frankenstein, picking up about [[ImmediateSequel where the original film left off]].

Henry Frankenstein [[NoOneCouldHaveSurvivedThat just barely survives]] the collapsing windmill, but so does the [[NotQuiteDead monster]]. Shortly thereafter, Frankenstein receives a visit from his old mentor, [[CampGay Dr. Pretorius]], who wants to join forces and continue Frankenstein's experiments to create life. In one of the movie's most memorable scenes, Pretorius shows Frankenstein a series of little people in jars, including a [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]], a ballerina and a little [[{{Satan}} devil]]. Pretorius can make people, but he can't get them up to normal size. Frankenstein, meanwhile, has created a giant. And so Pretorius proposes a plan: Frankenstein will provide the body, and Pretorius will provide the brain.

Meanwhile, the monster has several encounters with angry villagers and is eventually taken in by a kindly old blind hermit. The hermit teaches the monster to speak, and is the only friend he's ever had. Naturally, the villagers show up and drive the monster away, and he goes to a graveyard to find solitude among the dead. And whom should he happen to meet but [[ContrivedCoincidence Dr. Pretorius gathering parts for the new creature]]. Enticed by the possibility of having a friend, the monster forms an alliance with Pretorius.

Frankenstein, meanwhile, is getting cold feet about creating another monster. In a sequence reminiscent of the original novel, the creature and Pretorius kidnap [[IAmNotShazam Frankenstein's young bride, Elizabeth]], and threaten to kill her unless he makes the monster a mate. It all leads up to an explosive conclusion in Frankenstein's laboratory, where the new monster has finally been born.

One thing to note: Although the monster is childlike and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds rather sympathetic]], he still kills people -- a ''lot'' of people. Film historians put the original death count at 21, but it was [[ExecutiveMeddling edited down to 10]] due to the [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode film content restrictions of the time]]. At one point the monster seems to break into an elderly couple's house and kill them [[ForTheEvulz just because]]. Like Film/KingKong's tendency to eat people, the monster's violent nature is often glossed over to facilitate a "[[HumansAreTheRealMonsters we are the REAL monsters]]" aesop.

The franchise was continued in ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein''.

The Bride of Frankenstein, despite rather short screen time, is one of the eight Major Universal Monsters.
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!!''Bride of Frankenstein'' provides examples of:

* ArtifactTitle: In Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein" was the name of the scientist, and the monster was nameless. This was also the case in the 1931 film. This film, titled ''Bride of Frankenstein'' despite the fact that the Bride is meant for the monster and not the scientist, is arguably the reason that the monster came to be named "Frankenstein" in popular culture.
* AsYouKnow: Used a ''lot'' in the opening scene of Byron and the Shelleys. First Byron describes himself, Percy and his wife Mary in great deal to them, and then goes on to recap the first film's events.
* AxeBeforeEntering: After the Monster is chained up in Goldstadt's jail, he is quick to [[BreakingTheBonds break his bonds]] and rip two doors off that stand in his way to freedom.
* BeehiveHairdo: The Bride famously sports one of these, which also has two [[SkunkStripe Skun Stripes]] on its sides.
* BigBad: Dr. Pretorius, whose need to [[CreatingLife create life]] in new ways drives the plot.
* BlindAndTheBeast: After the Monster escapes from jail, he comes across a hut with violin music coming out of it. Inside it, he meets an old blind hermit, who welcomes him soothe his own loneliness. The film is possibly the trope maker.
* BookEnds: The film opens with Creator/MaryShelley, played by Elsa Lanchester, [[FramingDevice telling the story of Frankenstein]]. As she begins relating the sequel, she spreads her arms wide... and at the end of the film, the Bride of Frankenstein, also played by Lanchester, makes the same gesture.
* CallBack: Clive repeats his legendary "It's alive!" line (this time amended to "She's alive!").
* CampGay: Dr. Pretorius, director James Whale reportedly told the actor to play him "like an over the top caricature of a bitchy and aging homosexual."
* CassandraTruth: After witnessing the monster's return, Minnie attempts to tell about it to one person but is just scoffed at. She then decides to shut up about it.
* CatchPhrase: Dr. Pretorius tells about every vice that he has that "[[BlatantLies It's my only weakness.]]"
* CrucifiedHeroShot: When the villagers have caught and tied up the Monster on to a pole, they momentarily raise him up, creating this effect.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Dr. Pretorius could have become famous for his telephone-like invention. [[AGodAmI That is, if he cared about money at all, rather than playing God]].
* CuteMonsterGirl: Never in her career did Elsa Lanchester look so good.
* DamselInDistress: The Monster, on Dr. Pretorius' orders, kidnaps Elizabeth so that her husband will co-operate in making a bride for him.
* DespairEventHorizon: The Monster, after realizing that no-one will ever love him after seeing his bride-to-be's reaction to him, decides to destroy himself along with the tower.
* DrGenericius: Dr. Pretorius, one of the earlier examples in cinema.
* DutchAngle: Used in a lot of shots in the scene where Henry and Dr. Pretorius prepare to install a new heart to the bride.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dr. Pretorius' henchmen Karl and Ludwig are appalled by their work on robbing graves. After one such deed, they agree that it is a terrible life for a murderer.
* {{Fainting}}: Hans' wife faints when she sees her husband fall through the windmill's rubble, just after warning him that searching the place is dangerous.
* GraveRobbing: Dr. Pretorius has his henchmen Ludwig and Karl dig up bodies for his and Henry's upcoming collabration.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Minnie describes Dr. Pretorius as "a queer fellow".
** Which ''may'' have been deliberate -- see the example on CampGay above.
* HeelRealization: While not outright stated, the Monster only decides to let Frankenstein and Elizabeth go and kill Pretorius when he sees how much Elizabeth loves Frankenstein, who he'd previously helped Pretorius separate.
* HostileWeather: Storm rages outside in the prologue, much to Creator/LordByron's joy.
-->'''Byron:''' How beautifully dramatic!
* {{Hulkspeak}}: How the Monster talks once the blind hermit [[SuddenlyVoiced teaches him to speak]].
* HystericalWoman: Minnie is quick to scream and flail at surprising things.
* InadvertentEntranceCue: Elizabeth describes a vision of an evil apparition which will entangle Henry, and says she sees it drawing nearer -- nearer -- and the camera immediately [[AnswerCut cuts]] to the [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate evil Dr. Pretorius]] knocking at the door.
* InfantImmortality: Averted ''again''. Once the Monster escape from the jail, its victims are soon discovered around town, which includes a little girl.
* InstantSedation: When the Monster's pestering of Henry to finish his work proves to be a nuisance, Dr. Pretorius lures him aside with a promise of booze, and puts a sedative into a glass that presents to him. Once the Monster finishes his drink, it knock him off of his feet.
* InventionalWisdom: At the end of the film, the enraged Monster is rampaging through the lab. As he approaches a very large wooden lever Dr. Pretorius shouts, "Don't touch that lever! You'll blow us all to atoms!" The question must be asked: if you were collecting all the supplies and fixtures you'd need to build your super high-tech lab, how far down the list would "a lever that will blow us all to atoms" be?
* ItsGoingDown: The Monster flips a lever that destroys the tower housing the laboratory at the end.
* ImmuneToBullets: Villagers and policemen try to stop the Monster with bullets, to no avail.
%%* LargeHam: Lord Byron in the opening.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Dr. Frankenstein has kites raised up in the air once a lightning starts to rage outside the tower. The bride is given life after one lightning bolt hits them.
* MadScientist: Dr. Pretorius, who is revealed to have been TheManBehindTheMan to Dr. Frankenstein.
* ManipulativeBastard: Pretorius to both Frankenstein and his Monster, in order to get life created.
%%* MixAndMatchMan
%%* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Pretorius.
* NotQuiteDead: The Monster is thought to have died within the burning windmill, but he simply fell through to a cavern below.
* OhCrap: Henry's reaction when he learns that the heart of a "young victim of sudden death" as he requested Karl to get was "A very fresh one" and a "police case".
* PeopleJars: Dr. Praetorius shows off his work in creating life-- [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent little people]] (and [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent a mermaid]]-- "an experiment with seaweed") -- in jars.
%%* PluckyComicRelief: Minnie.
* PreviouslyOn: Lord Byron brilliantly recaps the previous film's events as being the story that Mary Shelley wrote. Considering they mention that the novel hasn't even been published yet, this may make Byron something of a naive psychic.
* PsychopathicManchild: The monster, due to him possessing the brain of a criminal. He murders several people but doesn't do it for any particular reason until the end when he kills Pretorious. He just doesn't understand his own actions or the world around him until he's taught some very basic ethics by the hermit.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: After seeing his reflection on water, the monster splashes it angrily.
* ScienceIsBad: Partially subverted. The reformed Dr. Frankenstein is forced by evil MadScientist Dr. Pretorius to return to his old ways. The twist: Early on, Pretorious shows us his collection of tiny humans in glass jars, practically announcing that he's Mephistopheles. To this, Frankenstein replies, horrified, "This isn't science!" Here, sane Science Is Good, and has standards, but Black Magic Is Bad.
%%* ScreamingWoman
* SelfDestructMechanism: Pretorius' tower comes down in a series of explosions when the Monster pulls a certain lever. Its actual purpose is never told.
* ShadowArchetype: Dr. Pretorius is what Dr. Frankenstein would become if he were to give in to the ForScience-method of thinking.
%%* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror
%%* SmugSnake: Pretorious all the way.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The monster learns to speak, although this was subsequently dropped for the next film.
* TakingYouWithMe: The Monster decides that he, his bride and Dr. Pretorius are better off dead, and after letting Henry and Elizabeth go, pulls the lever that destroys the tower.
-->'''The Monster:''' We belong dead.
* TitleDrop: After the bride is unrvelled from her shrouds, Dr. Pretorius is proudly declares "The Bride of Frankenstein!"
* TorchesAndPitchforks: Once the villagers learn that the Monster lives, Burgomaster quickly organizes a hunting party to capture him.
* TorturedMonster: The monster. He blows himself and his bride up with the comment, "we belong dead."
%%* {{Uberwald}}
* UglyGuyHotWife: The Monster's supposed wife was crafted with much more sophisticated methods, making her seem less a corpse than her husband-to-be.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Monster, who is by turns sympathetic and pointlessly cruel.
* TheXOfY: The X being "Bride" and Y being "Frankenstein".
* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/DwightFrye, who played Frankenstein's [[TheIgor hunchbacked assistant]] Fritz in the original film, appears here as Karl, a non-hunchbacked toady to Pretorius. The monster ''also'' kills him.

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