Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bride of the Monster (1956)

Fear 0/5
Gore 0/5
Entertainment 4/5
Creepiness 0/5
Nightmares 0/5

Tim Burton has made some movies that were really good (Edward Scissorhands), some that were truly lousy (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and many that are sort of "meh". Ed Wood, however, is an amazing movie. While I'm not sure what it says about Burton as a director and visionary that his greatest achievement is also his most (relatively speaking) mainstream film, I do know that everything about the film is triumphant and much of the focus of the film is on the making, financing and eventual tanking of Bride of the Monster.

A bad movie in every sense of the word, Bride not only stinks in terms of story and plot, it has bad acting, bad camera work, incredible continuity errors, and some of the worst monster special effects ever put to film. This is an experience that every movie fan, horror or not, should undergo.

Bela Lugosi, in his final speaking part (and at age 72) plays a scientist hell bent on creating a race of super humans. He lives in an old creepy house that doubles as a secret laboratory where he houses his man servant (played by Tor Johnson, a giant ape of a man) and his atomic octopus which randomly drags people into the swamp and kills them. It is scenes like this that make Bride of the Monster such a special, special film.

If you've seen Ed Wood, then you know much of the background story behind this movie - Legosi's failing mental health and addiction to opiates, Wood's recasting of the lead female role to a woman he mistakenly thought could bankroll the project (taking the role away from his girlfriend at the time), etc. etc. Whether or not any of that is true is, frankly, besides the point as Bride of the Monster stands on it's own legs as a stupefyingly bad movie and needs no help from any rumors.

- Complaint Department

1 comment:

Jewcifer said...

Yay!!! Tor Johnson!