American horror. I felt we needed a spot for this. Plus, it’s Frankenstein. And Universal monsters. I’m rolling this all into one. This was also the highest grossing film of 1931. (And if it wasn’t, since we don’t have actual numbers, it was right there.) Widely regarded as one of the best films of 1931, and of all time – it’s a good choice.
The film is littered with iconic moments and images, a lot of which aren’t even in the source material. So when they’ve been repeated (and parodied… Young Frankenstein) over the years, it’s because they were referencing this film and not the source material.
This film is more of a horror film than Bride of Frankenstein, so I’ll focus on those elements. Over history, the two have become melded together, specifically due to movies like Young Frankenstein and all of the iconic images out there. (more…)