The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
In this terrifying sequel to Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein and his monster turn out to be alive, and not killed as previously believed.
Dr. Frankenstein wants to leave behind the evil experiment business, but when a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps his wife, Dr. Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new creature, a woman, to be the companion of the monster.
The Bride of Frankenstein was released to critical and popular acclaim, although it encountered difficulties with some state and national censorship boards. Since its release the film’s reputation has grown, and it is now frequently considered one of the greatest sequels ever made; many fans and critics consider it to be an improvement on the original, and it has been hailed as director James Whale’s masterpiece.
This screening will be preceded by a short talk from Dr. Colin Harvey. Colin Harvey is Lead Writer with Sony’s PlayStation London Studio. He was co-writer on Sony’s acclaimed Virtual Reality thriller Blood and Truth starring Colin Salmon and Felix Scott. Beyond games, his licensed work includes spinoff material for the Doctor Who and Highlander ranges published by Big Finish. His original short fiction won the first Pulp Idol award, jointly conferred by SFX Magazine and Gollancz Books, and his science fiction novella Dead Kelly was published by Abaddon Books. His academic book Fantastic Transmedia (Palgrave 2015) explores science fiction and fantasy crossmedia storytelling.
Director: James Whale
Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr.
Writers: William Hurlbut, John L. Balderston, Mary Shelley
SCREEN AT THE JACK presents five free films all with a connection to the London Borough of Lewisham, as part of our celebration of London Borough of Culture.
The Bride of Frankenstein’s two Hollywood stars, Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester, were both born in the London Borough of Lewisham. There is a Blue Plaque to Boris Karloff on Forest Hill Road.