It’s almost Halloween! This October, PeacockTV.com has made a number of classic Universal horror movies available to watch, for free, online. Today’s double feature:
The 1935 sequel, Bride of Frankenstein (thought by some to be superior to the original Frankenstein movie and achieving a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), stars Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester. According to Wikipedia, to achieve the iconic hairstyle of the Bride of Frankenstein, a wire form was put in place. Her hair style was inspired by Nefertiti. Elsa Lanchester’s hissing was inspired by the defensive hissing of swans. The director decided to have Ms. Lanchester play both Mary Shelley and the Bride to show how the horror story sprang from the teen author’s dark imagination. There is a lot of compelling imagery, including religious imagery, in this movie, some of which was removed by censors. Even in its altered state, it was banned in several countries. But it has been listed by the Library of Congress as a film of cultural significance and makes many top 100 film lists.
Son of Frankenstein was released in 1939 and starred the dashingly handsome Basil Rathbone in the titular role, as well Boris Karloff as the Creature and Bela Lugosi as Ygor. Bela Lugosi was permitted to use his full imagination and acting prowess in the role and stole the spotlight from his rival, Boris Karloff. (This film has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes).
The movie was such a commercial success, Universal Studios decided to create more sequels to 1930s horror classics, including The Invisible Man Returns and The Mummy’s Hand (which is really more of a remake).