There have been multiple versions of Frankenstein throughout the years. Some of these are good, some are bad, but one if them is truly imaginative and that one is called The Bride.
Made in 1985, this film has one hell of a cast. Listen to this, Dr Frankenstein is played by Sting, the singer not the wrestler. The monster is a personal favorite of mine in Clancy Brown. And Jennifer Beals as Eva AKA The bride.
Based on the Bride of Frankenstein the film begins with Dr Frankenstein creating a bride for his original monster. He names it Eva, and she looks, and sounds exactly like a normal woman in every way. Unlike the original monster who is grotesque, she is quiet beautiful. As she is good looking she doesn't want anything to do with the monster. This causes him to freak out and start destroying everything. Dr Frankenstein and Eva manage to escape back to his castle.
As Eva is beautiful Dr Frankenstein begins educating her (she has a child like mind in the beginning) in hopes she will fall in love with him and they will become the perfect couple. However as she learns more and becomes more and more independent she begins to reject him causing him to become more and more violent and possessive.
As all of this is happening the Monster, who survived in the beginning is learning to be more and more human thanks to a dwarf named Rinaldo who befreinds him. The two begin traveling together and develop a bond. Rinaldo even names the monster Viktor and becomes like a father to him. If course he is on a path to once again encounter Dr Frankenstein and Eva.
Overly long and incredibly slow The Bride is not a film for everyone. It's well acted, well directed, and does boast a large budget. The film however reads more like a romantic thriller or drama than a horror film. It developed a cult following over the years. It's just been released by Scream Factory on a beautiful Blu-ray that fans will definitely want to pick up.
The audio and video are fantastic. The film, as I said was well made and this transfer brings everything out. The sets and locations are gorgeous and this transfer makes then almost come off the screen. The audio is tremendous as well and booms from your speakers. And as it's Scream Factory it's got special features.
As I stated if you like thrillers, romance, suspense, and films like that then you will enjoy this. Horror fans will no doubt enjoy the entire Frankenstein take but may find the lack of blood and tradition horror eliments drag the film down. I can say if you have never seen it it's worth checking out
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars