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Bride of the Monster (1955)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | February 1956 (USA)
A mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen.

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Rumours abound about what may go on at a creepy mansion just out of town. The house is owned by Dr. Eric Vornoff who is conducting experiments to turn people into super-beings through the use of atomic power. Reporter Janet Lawton decides to look into what is going there and its possible connection to men that have disappeared in the area. When Vornoff takes her prisoner, he has definite plans for her. Written by fcabanski

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More horrifying than "DRACULA"..."FRANKENSTEIN" See more »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

While this was the last speaking part of Bela Lugosi, it wasn't his last film. Lugosi subsequently played a silent part in The Black Sleep (1956). Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) uses silent archive footage of Lugosi, but he died prior to its filming. The footage was from an unfinished film called "The Vampire's Tomb". Lock Up Your Daughters! (1969) was recycled footage from Lugosi's earlier films, possibly mixed with some new material. See more »

Goofs

After Lobo frightens off the two hunters in the torrential downpour, he returns to inside the mansion completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Margie: Hi, Janet.
Janet Lawton: Oh, hi, Margie.
Margie: Janet, still on the monster hunt?
Janet Lawton: What do you think?
Margie: I think the boss has been looking for you all day. Something about the police wanting those monster stories 86ed. You've got the whole town in a panic.
Janet Lawton: I didn't hear you.
Margie: I said...
Janet Lawton: [interrupting] I heard what you said, but I didn't hear you.
Margie: I get it. See you later.
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Referenced in Futurama: A Fishful of Dollars (1999) See more »

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Ed Wood tampers in God's domain...again.
20 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This really isn't such a terrible little movie. Sure, it's cheap, the acting is horrible, the sets wobble if sneezed upon and the special effects consist of stock footage and a rubber octopus, but "Bride of the Monster" is much, MUCH better than "Plan 9 From Outer Space."

Mad scientist Vornoff (a sickly Bela Lugosi) has apparently set up shop in the Florida Everglades, kidnapping anyone unwise enough to wander too close to his house (and his pet octopus) and conducting sinister experiments upon them. Vornoff, for some odd reason, is determined to create a race of super giants with incredible strength. We're never really sure exactly WHY he wants to do this, but one can only assume that, if one possesses an army of super strong giants, one could take over the world and rule it and stuff. That seems to be the goal of every other mad scientist in the unruled world, anyway. Into this diabolical plan stumbles loudmouthed newsgirl Loretta King, who is determined to get the story on the Lake Marsh Monster. Whether the title of "Lake Marsh Monster" refers to the octopus, Tor Johnson as the fumbling Lobo or Bela's drug problem, we're never sure. Take your pick. Anyway, Loretta is kept under constant hypnosis by Bela's eyebags and is slated to become The Bride of the Monster! By this point, we're all quite ready to see the annoying Loretta fried to a crisp, but unfortunately, her wimpy boyfriend shows up to save her. The stunning climax is packed full of raging Lobo's, rolling boulders, lightening bolts, gunfire and death by octopus!

The story doesn't make much sense, but were you really expecting it to when you saw Ed Wood's name listed under the title of director? Still and all, it's certainly Wood's most coherent effort and can be entertaining for those of us who stop to look at road accidents.


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