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The Bride 1985

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4.2 out of 5 stars (60) IMDb 5.3/10

Dr. Frankenstein builds the perfect woman - and lives to regret it - in this tantalizing marriage of horror, romance and unbridled passion.

Starring:
Sting, Jennifer Beals
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Horror
Director Franc Roddam
Starring Sting, Jennifer Beals
Supporting actors Anthony Higgins, Clancy Brown, David Rappaport, Geraldine Page, Alexei Sayle, Phil Daniels, Veruschka von Lehndorff, Quentin Crisp, Cary Elwes, Timothy Spall, Ken Campbell, Guy Rolfe, Andy de la Tour, Tony Haygarth, Matthew Guinness, Tony Brutus, Gary Shail, Carl Chase
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAME on February 15, 2005
Format: 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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Thankfully this is out on DVD and a new audience can appreciate how well it was made and can learn from the Director's Commentary what makes it so special.

"The Bride" is more Thomas Hardy than Mary Shelley, and more Gothic romance than horror. Director Franc Roddam points out (on his DVD commentary) that he wanted to make a very different version of the old story by eliminating almost all elements of horror; so only the first ten minutes qualify as authentic horror.

Roddam does not discuss the illogic of making a film devoid of the very elements its "target audience" was interested in seeing, but we already know that "The Bride" had a very poor showing at the box office. This target audience disconnect was most likely the cause. Nor does he comment on the failure to market the film to another audience segment; those interested in Gothic period pieces.

It is especially cool that 20 years later the film is finally being discovered by this other audience and they are finding it a beautifully photographed example of their genre that emphasizes story-line and atmosphere over blood and gore.

Even the much criticized casting of inexperienced leads Jennifer Beals and Sting (both look great in period costume) takes on a different dimension when the film is re-classified into the Gothic genre. Suddenly you see that the director was the one most responsible for the apparent lack of chemistry between the two stars, particularly Beals lack of passion in the scenes they share. These were the performances the Roddam wanted and not a reflection of inexperience or talent limitations.
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In 1985 when both Sting and Jennifer Beals were huge draws, this movie was created: A retelling of The Bride of Frankenstein. On a dark and stormy night, Baron Frankenstein works feverishly in his lab trying to bring to life the agreed to Bride of the monster previously created. Sting, as Frankenstein, is intelligent, determined, and methodical. He brings to life his newest creation and quickly discovers that the mistakes he made when creating the man have been corrected, bringing to life a beautiful woman. Upon seeing his bride, the monster (Clancy Brown)inadvertently hurts her. Frankenstein strikes the monster and removes the bride from the creature's grasp. A fight ensues and the monster flees into the night. The next day Frankenstein names the woman Eva and decides to teach how to be "as bold and as proud as a man." Meanwhile, the creature runs into a little person named Renaldo (David Rappaport) who understands what it is like to be an outcast and befriends him. As the movie progresses, we see two stories take place. Eva becoming "the new woman" and the creature learning about life and friendship.
I have always enjoyed this movie. Sting is great as Frankenstein and plays him with a hint of madness that such a man would likely have been. Jennifer Beals plays Eva with childlike innocence early on then shows the maturity of a bold, intelligent woman, but still she is disturbed about who she truly might be. (Check out the scene when she does discover the truth. Fantastic!) Clancy Brown, too, shows growth and maturity in the development of the creature (later named Victor by Renaldo) from clumsy, confusion to brave determination. Cary Elwes has the role of Josef, one of the Countess' guards.
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Format: VHS Tape
This film is actually two-in-one! The first film is a very good one, the second, a dull, lifeless (no pun intended) one. The first ten minutes of THE BRIDE are fascinating and magnificently staged. But it is when the monster leaves Dr. Frankenstein's castle that the film takes on its split personality.
The first film, the good one, tells the story of Rinaldo, a dwarfed circus perfomer, who meets up with Frankenstein's creation. Rinaldo christens the creature Viktor and the two become close friends. They make their way towards Budapest to join the circus. Their story is excellently told with humor and pathos. It's the kind of pathos that made the original BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN such a memorable film.
However, the film zig-zags back and forth between this story and the tale of the good doctor's efforts to create the perfect "modern" woman. In mind as well as body, he "teaches" her in an incoherent and completely uninteresting series of scenes, that give the film a choppy look. For nearly two hours we go back and forth between good filmmaking and bad.
Sting does what he can with his poorly written scenes, but quite frankly I expected more. At least he tries. Jennifer Beals, on the other hand is atrocious, going through her dialogue like Hulk Hogan doing Shakespeare. She proves once and for all that not only can't she dance (most of her choreography in FLASHDANCE was done by somebody else), she can't act either. Geraldine Page, a magnificent actress, looks like she wishes she were somewhere else.
But David Rappaport as Rinaldo and Clancy Brown as Viktor shine in their roles. In fact everything in THE BRIDE that is good is in their half of the film. Everything that is except the sets, costumes and music score.
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