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YMMV / Bride of the Monster

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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: It wouldn't be an Ed Wood film without one. This one ends with a nuclear explosion for no reason at all, except for executive producer Donald McCoy insisting the film end with one.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Vornoff's Motive Rant about how he was cruelly rejected by colleagues who once saw him as a genius becomes fairly tragic if you view it as a reflection of what Lugosi's own career had become.
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  • Ham and Cheese: Bela Lugosi, in his final speaking role, no less.
  • Memetic Mutation: "He tampered in God's domain." — it became virtually a Catchphrase in future experiments.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Even with the overuse of Stock Footage, hammy acting, and Special Effects Failure, Bride is reasonably coherent and watchable. It's no worse than most of the other B-movies of The '50s.
  • Special Effects Failure: The octopus stands out; supposedly the crew either forgot the motor that made the limbs move or couldn't afford to hire it, resulting in the actors having to flail around and make it look like they were being attacked. Surprisingly enough, Ed Wood actually doesn't do too bad a job of working around this problem in the first and last scenes where we see the octopus, using quick editing along with rain and lighting effects to obscure how unconvincing it looks. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about Dr. Strowski's death scene, every second of which looks laughably fake.
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  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Despite the shitty dialog and plot, Bela Lugosi still shows his acting chops and goes out in style.


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