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delicious dark fairytale,
This review is from: The Bride [VHS] (VHS Tape)
THE BRIDE isn't really a horror film. It plays like a twisted "Pygmalion", a dark fairytale that is quite beautiful in it's design and look.
Dr Frankenstein (Sting) creates a female companion for his original monster (played by Clancy Brown). Things go wrong when the monster reacts violently and the lab becomes engulfed by flames. The monster escapes and 'Eva' is left in the care of Frankenstein.
The rest of the film focuses on the 2 separate adventures of Eva and the monster. Jennifer Beals is luminous as Eva, a woman who somehow knows she is different and is always searching for answers. Sting plays Dr Frankenstein with all the pomp and circumstance he can muster, and suits the time period of the film perfectly. Clancy Brown gives 'Viktor' the monster a humanity and heart, and David Rappaport, as Viktor's tiny friend, is a real scene-stealer. Geraldine Page is wasted as Frankenstein's remote housekeeper.
The music by Maurice Jarre of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO fame is lush, and the scenic design is haunting (especially the eerie huge statues that Eva and Frankenstein ride past in the woods). Direction by Franc Roddam is perfectly-pitched.
Not your average horror film.
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2011 11:11:41 PM PST
Amanda Pike says:
Though I agree with most of your review I LOATHE when people say something is not horror because it has romance or well developed characters. Horror is not always mindless killing, traditional horror never was. This is GOOD horror. It IS Horror and to say it's not is an insult to the genre. It has death, it has suspense, it has the characters you care about in peril, it has danger, it has intrigue, it has man made monsters. It's horror. It's good Gothic horror but it's horror. People forget what true, traditional Gothic horror entails.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2014 7:28:47 PM PDT
Karl Young says:
Amanda I LOATHE when somebody like YOU, has a hot button about a word and proceeds to post and repost the same comment whenever you see it.
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