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Black & White
A love and hate thing!
Contrary to what we presumed once 1931’s Frankenstein’s end credits rolled, the protagonist isn't dead and his creature is on the loose. We get confirmation on this during the first scenes. We soon revisit sumptuous surreal sets of castles and forests. This film relies on sound stages so much to furnish its backdrop that it comes out as charmingly fake.
Most of the cast got renewed but the monster is still played by legend Boris Karloff. An idea is thrown that the monster can be calmed or neutralized by feminine presence. The “bride” from the title in fact gets little screen time, but makes every second count. Her design is as marketable as the first monster’s, though it doesn't inspire fear. This sequel would rather have you cry than shiver.
The original monster has been tamed and doesn't come out as psychopathic anymore. He is more a sensible brute than a demon, here, and is given more depth. The film isn't as iconic or memorable as the original classic, but the photography, the ambiance and the pacing are similar. It is sometimes at the brink of parody, sometimes too slow, but it redeems itself with a firework in the third act.