Bride Of The Monster 1955 NR

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Bela Lugosi is a mad scientist who, along with his servant Lobo, attempts to create superhuman mutants. Now in color!

Starring:
Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson
Runtime:
1 hour 10 minutes

Bride Of The Monster

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Horror
Director Edward D. Wood Jr.
Starring Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson
Supporting actors Tony McCoy, Loretta King, Harvey B. Dunn, George Becwar, Paul Marco, Don Nagel, Bud Osborne, John Warren, Ann Wilner, Dolores Fuller, William 'Billy' Benedict, Ben Frommer, Conrad Brooks
Studio Legend Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Anson on December 5, 2008
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In my estimation, part of the general concern about the shift from physical media to digital is the well-founded fear that some of cinema's greatest "treasures" will not be given the time, effort and expense necessary to convert them. What I'm suggesting is that things like B-movies, which we enjoy because they're so terrible, might get short-shrift.

Fortunately it appears that Amazon is willing to support our beloved "classics," as evidenced by the inclusion of Bride of the Monster in their digital catalog.

This, of course, is one of Ed Wood's legendary stinkers, featuring the dynamic duo from the infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space, the oversized Swede Johnson and a fortunately still-living-at-the-time Lugosi. As far as B-movies go, anything with Johnson's lumbering frame in it is an instant classic, and special touches like Lugosi's tangle with a rubber octopus are just icing on the cake.

As you may be able to tell from the preview video, this version of Bride of the Monster has been digitally re-touched and colorized, ensuring that the quality of presentation is suitable to viewing on a high-resolution computer monitor.
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Passport Video presents "The Bela Lugosi Box - 15 Frightful Films" (1942) --- (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Béla Lugosi was the stage name of actor Béla Ferenc Dezs' Blaskó (October 20, 1882 - August 16, 1956) --- Lugosi was born in Lugos, Hungary, at the time part of Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), the youngest of four children of a baker --- best known for his portrayal of "Dracula" in the American Broadway stage production, and subsequent film, of Bram Stoker's classic vampire story.

Late in his life, he again received star billing in movies when filmmaker Edward D. Wood, Jr., a fan of Lugosi, found him living in obscurity and near-poverty and offered him roles in his films, such as "GLEN OR GLENDA?" (1953) (in which his role made no more sense than the rest of the movie) and as a Dr. Frankenstein-like mad scientist in "BRIDE OF THE MONSTER" (1955), during post-production of the latter, Lugosi entered treatment for his addiction, and the premier of the film was ostensibly intended to help pay for his treatment expenses. The extras on an early DVD release of "PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE" (1959) include an impromptu interview with Lugosi upon his exit from the treatment center, which provide some rare personal insights into the man --- this was one of Lugosi's most infamous roles was released after he was dead.
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"Bride of the Monster," also known as "Bride of the Atom," is the 1956 Ed Wood film where Bela Lugosi wrestles with a giant fake octopus (oh, THAT Ed Wood film). The argument here is not that this is a good movie, but we are talking Ed Wood, which means a whole different criteria for evaluating a film and your enjoyment in viewing same. Yes, this is a bad film, but there is such an earnestness to Wood's efforts that he is obviously oblivious to it all, which makes the film equally endearing and depressing. The man got his movies made, so I just do not see this as sad as those people who finally get the opportunity to make a film and make some dreadful splatter flick. So, now, Ed Wood is not in the lowest circle of the cinematic inferno. This is NOT a four-star film, my friends, just a four-star cinematic experience. Big difference.

Lugosi is the evil mad scientist Dr. Eric Vornoff, who uses his dumb assistant, Lobo (Tor Johnson) to capture the locals so he can use atomic energy to transform them into supermen back as his laboratory in an abandoned house in the middle of a swamp where the pet rubber octopus out back is used to dispose of the mistakes. Intrepid girl reporter Janet Lawton (Loretta King) investigates the disappearances, although her fiance, Detective Lt. Dick Craig (Tony McCoy) tries to warn her off. Janet is captured by Lobo and (horrors) forced to wear a wedding dress (thereby justifying if not explaining the title). Can Dick and the other cops rescue her in time?

"Plan 9 From Outer Space" remains the apex of bad Ed Wood films, but all things considered "Bride of the Monster" has to come in second. The acting is probably worse, but so is the script, so I just do not find as many memorably lines that force you to howl in laughter.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Lenski on February 9, 2006
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Believe me, a one star rating is generous! I've seen some bad B horror and science fiction movies in my time and this one has to rank among the worst. It comes close to Plan Nine from Outer Space, as the worst movie ever released. Poor Bela Lugosi! This movie proves the fact that a drug addict will do anything to get a fix. These type of movies do have a hypnotic effect in that you keep watching because you can't believe how bad it is until at last the horror is over.
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