Werewolf of London (1935)
Director: Stuart Walker
Main Stars: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson
Storyline: In Tibet a doctor gets attacked by a strange animal and he becomes a werewolf. Only the juice from a strange flower can stop the curse.
Review (Spoils): Dr.Wilfred Glendon (Henry Hull) gets attacked by a strange dark creature in the hills of Tibet. He becomes inflicted with the werewolf curse and the only thing to stop him from turning is the juice of a rare Asian flower. The film plays a bit on his Glendon’s anger of the curse and the long destruction of his marriage to the beautiful Lisa (Valerie Hobson). During all this mess of his life he hunts at night in the streets of London murdering people in his werewolf guise.
The film plot does move very slow and has a hard time keeping you intrigued. The scenes are beautiful like most Universal films of this era. The fog is thick, the moon is bright on the Asian beach and the acting of Henry Hull is awesome but something just does not click for this film. Even the make-up of the werewold himself is good (except for the lame point on the forehead) and leads to the future of werewolves such as The Wolfman.
Rating: This film is not horrible but something is lacking when it comes to the monster itself and the scenes in the night of the murders. Werewolf of London is a classic but it still does not stand out like The Wolfman.
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.