Vampires are undead beings that subsist by feeding on blood or vital force. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring vampires ever released. How many have you seen?
Slower but meaner!
The monster was plentifully exposed in Bride of Frankenstein and is no longer a creepy mystery to us. We fast forward in the future, here, and people refer to him as a vague folktale; an urban legend. His body is soon found, though, and it triggers a sequence of events not unlike the original Universal original adaptation. The tone is the same, the structure is similar and the acting is up to par.
The film is sprinkled with fun surprises and twists that add a lot to the story. Returning characters make us care about what ends up being half a sequel, half a re-imagining. The dialog is more serious, this time around, and wants us to savor apprehending the angry monster’s resuscitation. The movie prefers long discussions over tense moments and has a frustrating amount of padding material.
Good performances get us through the filler so we can enjoy a satisfying third act. The photography and the effects are crisper than ever, yet the sets are dark and not revealing as much splendor as the two previous Universal Frankenstein movies did. The running time is significantly longer, allowing for more character development and a slow burning pace.