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She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein (1999)

Documentary about the making of 1935's "Bride of Frankenstein."


David J. Skal


David J. Skal


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Complete credited cast:
Joe Dante ... Himself / Host
Christopher Bram Christopher Bram ... Himself
Scott MacQueen Scott MacQueen ... Himself
Bob Madison Bob Madison ... Himself
Sara Karloff Sara Karloff ... Herself
Clive Barker ... Himself
Paul M. Jensen Paul M. Jensen ... Himself
Bill Condon ... Himself
Gregory W. Mank Gregory W. Mank ... Himself
Rick Baker ... Himself
Dwight David Frye Dwight David Frye ... Himself (as Dwight D. Frye)


Documentary about the making of 1935's "Bride of Frankenstein."

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1 November 2002 (Finland) See more »

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Hän elää! The Bride of Frankenstein-elokuvan luominen See more »

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This documentary is featured on both the Universal Classic Monster Collection for Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and the Monster Legacy Collection DVD for Frankenstein (1931). See more »


Features The Invisible Man (1933) See more »

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A Better Video Doc for a Better Film
23 August 2018 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

I like this brief making-of video documentary a bit better than the others that David J. Skal, author of "Hollywood Gothic," made for extras on Universal's home video collections of their classic monster movies that I've seen thus far. The other ones follow a basic mini-pattern akin to Skal's aforementioned book, tracing the literary and theatrical origins of the film before listing individual contributions to its production and how good it all is (except for the 1931 English-language "Dracula," for which Skal isn't a fan--and for reasons I disagree with, but that's another story I've already mentioned in my reviews for the Dracula films and the 1999 "Road to Dracula" doc). But, "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) is a sequel and rather original film, plus Skal would do the usually-patterned doc for the 1931 film in "The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster" (2002). Instead, here, there's a cogent thesis regarding the film besides that it's just good.

That thesis is clearly stated near the end, that "Bride" is an interesting example of how a director (James Whale, in this case) injects his personality into a picture. Supporting this, other films by the director are mentioned, including his earlier mixes of horror and humor in "The Old Dark House" (1932) and "The Invisible Man" (1933). His reluctance to direct a Frankenstein sequel and his insistence of controlling the production, including the script, when he decided to accept the project is also pointed out, as are the film's camp and gay subtext and the relation between a film about a monster as an outsider and a director who was likewise ostracized for being homosexual. As well, the doc also covers the contributions by others in the production, including in makeup, sets, cinematography, the musical score and the cast. Many clips from another Universal film, "Gods and Monsters" (1999) are shown, there are the usual talking heads and some interesting information about cuts made to the film, some technical aspects and the creation of the female creature.

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