Directed by: James Whale
Starring: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive
The second Frankenstein movie is the one where all the really good stuff about the classic Universal movies comes from, with the exception of “IT’S ALIIIIVE!!” The blind dude with the fiddle, the monster learning to speak… this is a cool movie.
Everybody thinks that Frankenstein’s monster has been killed in a burning windmill, but he manages to escape out from below. Meanwhile, a crazy guy named Dr. Pretorius approaches Dr. Frankenstein and wants him to cooperate on an attempt to make another monster out of corpses. He doesn’t want to, so Pretorius kidnaps his fiancee and the Monster stops by to tell them to make a wife, and they do. The bride screams whenever Frankenstein gets close, and he realizes that he’s not even good enough for a woman of his caliber. With a tear in his eye, he blows up Frankenstein’s castle, killing everyone but Dr. Frankenstein and his fiancee, who escape.
This is a great science fiction film where our main character is the monster and he learns and grows and gets his heart crushed and has a heroic sacrifice at the end. It’s such a completely backwards way to work from the original film, while still not being quite on the level of the book… in any case, it works out perfectly.