The Invisible Man (1933)
Director: James Whale
Main Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stewart, William Harrigan
Storyline: A scientist creates a formula to turn invisible which drives him mad and makes him an invisible killer.
Review (Spoils): We have scientist Griffon (Claude Rains) who is a brilliant man but is driven totally mad with power as he is goes in insane after discovering and using a special formula that turn him invisible. Claude Rains blows me away with his acting in this film he is truly believable and his wicked laugh is memorable long after this film is done. James Whale once again creates a legendary universal monster that hits the mark in the world of horror.
The scenes in this film are forever unforgettable such as the unwrapping of his head and body, riding the bike and smoking the cigarette. My favourite scene of the film is when he goes completely mad and skips down the street and lets out that wicked laugh. This movie has great graphics for its time and holds its own.
Rating: This film totally surprised me and it turned out to be a classic not just by name in my books. Claude Rains stole the show with his over the top acting and the character just worked. I would name The Invisible Man as one of the best of the Universal horror films.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Director: James Whale
Main Stars: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Dwight Frye
Storyline: The Monster of Frankenstein story continues right after the burning of the mill. The Monster lived and he is on the hunt for friendship so that he can understand this world. A mad scientist named Doctor Pretorius talks Dr. Frankenstein into creating a new monster to continue the dream of the man made race.
Review (Spoils): The movie starts out with Mary Shelley (Elsa Lanchester) describing her book that she is writing and how the story does not end with the burning of the mill the night the Monster (Boris Karloff )supposedly died. This is a nice added touch to the film and it is a nice change to what was done in the first film. Actually this film does a lot different than the original film bringing some more humanity to the Monster such as the longing for friendship and love. The film touches this with the Monster coming upon the blind man and filling in companionship with drink, smoke, eating and even the lessons of speech. This added a nice touch to the film even though I’m a not a huge fan of the talking Monster. The film is also graced with two madmen this round who are the true monsters of the film. We have the classic Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) again andnow an even more macabre madman named Doctor Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) it was excellent acting on both parts. This film was a perfect sequel to the classic film.
The only parts that I felt did not mend well with the film were the experiments of Dr. Pretorius with the little people which just make it more silly than interesting. Another part that was too bad was the lack of the presence of the bride herself (Elsa Lanchester) who did an outstanding job with the twitchy movements and her gorgeous eyes that help her become more sinister and shocking. More screen time of the bride would have been great as she was great in this film.
Rating: This is a must see for horror fans and it is an awesome piece to add to the Frankenstein series. Elsa Lanchester does a breath taking job playing the bride it is just unfortunate on the lack of the character in the movie.
Director: James Whale
Main Stars: Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Mae Clark, Dwight Frye,Edward Van Sloan
Storyline: A mad scientist tries to play god by stealing body parts to create his own version of man. The monster comes to life and becomes misunderstood with what is brought before him.
Review: Ok before we start I just want to say this is a classic and there is no such thing as a bad review of this movie. If you have not seen this film stop reading and go rent it now! Come on its Frankenstein! One of the most recognizable monsters of horror!
Every October this hits my DVD player and I just relax with a beer to the most classic and my own personal favorite of the Universal Horror period. Such memorable characters in this film lead it be a classic. The madness in the eyes of Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) as he becomes more and more desperate to make his creation come to life leaving his love interest Elizabeth (Mae Clark) to be neglected and forgotten. Featuring the weirdness and pitiful his assistant Fritz (Dwight Frye) who tortures the monster into madness to make up for his own faults. Feeling the emotion of the Monster (Boris Karloff) himself of loneliness and lost in a whole new world that he did not ask to be part of. Such touching scenes like when the Monster plays daises in the water with the little girl you learn that he is an innocent soul that is just looking to find his place in a troubled world. You soon learn that the true monster was the madness of Dr. Frankenstein himself. This movie is a pure horror masterpiece you cannot go wrong watching this gothic like film for the hundredth time.
Rating: This is a must see for all movie fans alike. The acting, the scenery and the makeup make this black white horror film the best of the Universal horror era.