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Parents' Guide to

The Bride of Frankenstein

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.

Movie NR 1935 75 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+
age 6+

Not scary, but some talk of murder and death.

I teach horror films for a living, and I thought this would be a good starter film for my almost six-year old son. He gets scared very easily, but he was not scared of this film. It provides a good opportunity to talk about the importance of kindness and how "you shouldn't treat people like they treat Frankenstein's creature, even if they have a body that looks different than yours", according to my son. There is some discussion of murder and corpses, of course, and a little bit of violence.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Stylish direction, a well-paced script, and a story that doesn't take itself too seriously make this classic as enjoyable now as it was in 1935. James Whale directed his last horror movie, with wit, style, and a grand sense of graveyard humor that elevates it high above most of the other Universal monster pictures of the era. Karloff makes the monster a pitiable creature, one children and adults will have no trouble empathizing with.

Yet, the movie's most touching scene, in which a blind hermit befriends him, is almost as funny as Mel Brooks' parody of it in Young Frankenstein. The stormy laboratory scene in which the bride creature (played by Elsa Lanchester) comes to life is thrilling. Even though she lives for but a few brief minutes of screen time, her electrified hairdo, staring eyes, and mechanical jerks won her an honored and well-deserved place in Hollywood's classic monster showcase. For all but the most timid viewers, there's much more to enjoy here than there is to be frightened of.

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