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Documentary about the making of 1935's "Bride of Frankenstein." | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Joe Dante ... Himself / Host
Christopher Bram ... Himself
Scott MacQueen ... Himself
Bob Madison ... Himself
Sara Karloff ... Herself

Clive Barker ... Himself
Paul M. Jensen ... Himself

Bill Condon ... Himself
Gregory W. Mank ... Himself

Rick Baker ... Himself
Dwight David Frye ... Himself (as Dwight D. Frye)

Directed by
David J. Skal 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David J. Skal  writer

Produced by
David J. Skal .... producer
Film Editing by
Keith Clark 
Makeup Department
Debbie San Filippo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Colleen A. Benn .... executive in charge of production
Marian Mansi .... production manager
Art Department
Henry Alvarez .... bust sculptor: "Bride of Frankenstein"
Fernando Favila .... bust sculptor: Bride of Frankenstein
Aaron Sims .... portrait: Frankenstein monster
Del Winans .... bust sculptor: Bride of Frankenstein
Sound Department
James Burns .... sound technician
Ron Garrard .... sound technician
Mark Gouldy .... sound
Ryan Kennedy .... sound
Pete Lucas .... sound
Mason Malone .... sound
David Martin .... sound
Mike Rodriguez .... audio sweetening
Visual Effects by
Rusty Colby .... motion control operator
Dan Perri .... main title design
Lucy Taylor .... digital artist
Randy Tede .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Jay Elkayam .... camera operator
Clay Harrison .... camera operator
Guy Jackson .... camera operator
David Martin .... camera operator
Steve Patterson .... camera operator
Other crew
Buddy Barnett .... source: archival photos
Steven Blewett .... representative: Universal Studios (as Steve Blewett)
Ronald V. Borst .... archival photos
Jim Chaparas .... representative: Universal Studios
John Edell .... representative: Universal Studios
Bette Einbinder .... representative: Universal Studios
Julian Hills .... representative: Universal Studios
Paul M. Jensen .... source: archival photos
Carla Laemmle .... archival photos
Scott MacQueen .... source: archival photos
Tony Malanowski .... source: archival photos
Gregory W. Mank .... source: archival photos
Jeff Sakson .... representative: Universal Studios
David J. Skal .... archival photos
Henry Alvarez .... special thanks
Rick Baker .... special thanks
Clive Barker .... special thanks
Rudy Behlmer .... special thanks
Kevin Brownlow .... special thanks
Diana L. Burgueno .... special thanks
Ned Comstock .... special thanks
Dick Costello .... special thanks
Joe Daley .... special thanks (as Joseph Daley)
Joe Dante .... special thanks
Anthony Davis .... special thanks
David Del Valle .... special thanks
Russell Frost .... special thanks
Dwight David Frye .... special thanks
Donald F. Glut .... special thanks
Jan-Christopher Horak .... special thanks
Rob Humphreys .... special thanks
Alana Ireland .... special thanks
Sam Irvin .... special thanks
Paul M. Jensen .... special thanks
Sara Karloff .... special thanks
Scott MacQueen .... special thanks
Bob Madison .... special thanks
Gregory W. Mank .... special thanks
Anne Miller .... special thanks
Michelle Montanez .... special thanks
John W. Morgan .... special thanks (as John Morgan)
Rick Morris .... special thanks
Jack Morrissey .... special thanks
Les Perkins .... special thanks
Alan Skinner .... special thanks
Patrick Stanbury .... special thanks
George E. Turner .... special thanks
Tom Weaver .... special thanks
Del Winans .... special thanks (as Delbert Winans)

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This documentary is featured on both the Universal Classic Monster Collection for The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and the Monster Legacy Collection DVD for Frankenstein (1931).See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Informative documentary on what many consider to be one of the greatest horror films, 21 March 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

This is a roughly 40 minute documentary on James Whale's 1935 film, The Bride of Frankenstein. It has been included on Universal's recent DVD releases of Bride and "The Frankenstein Legacy Collection" She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein, written and directed by noted author David J. Skal, is a marvelous collection of interviews, clips and stills which give historical background as well as cultural contexts for The Bride of Frankenstein and related works.

The interviewees include Rick Baker, who was confesses his adulation for Frankenstein makeup man Jack Pierce, Scott MacQueen, a film historian who wrote the monograph that serves as commentary on the Bride disc, horror director Joe Dante, horror author, director, painter, and all around renaissance man Clive Barker, and two relatives of Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein cast members--Sara Karloff (Boris' daughter) and Dwight David Frye (Dwight Frye, Sr.'s son).

In combination with a lot of stills, they do a great job at providing a kind of "making of" account of the film. This is interspersed with comments on the cultural significance of horror films, the Frankenstein films in particular, the Bride as a female monster icon, the studio system, censorship and many related topics, contextualized both to the early 1930s and the present.

Most interesting to me were the historical, anecdotal comments such as James Whale's working relationship with Universal and Carl Laemmle, Jr., comments gleaned from discussions with Elsa Lanchester and Valerie Hobson, or Sara Karloff reporting her dad's misgivings about the monster talking, as well as his reluctance to continue playing the Monster after Son of Frankenstein. These kinds of "behind the scenes" glimpses of the personalities involved with the film, along with the behind the scenes stills, were fascinating.

Every so often Skal and editor Keith Clark make an odd decision about what film clips to edit into the documentary and where. For example, we're shown the clip of Elsa Lanchester as the Bride "hissing" before we're told how she arrived at the idea. This would have been better the other way around. But in general, the editing and the order and content of the interview clips is well chosen.

Occasionally, the achievement of Bride is a bit too overstated, a bit too pumped up for my tastes, especially in conjunction with downplaying other horror films or the horror genre in general. I too feel that The Bride of Frankenstein is a 10 out of 10, but so is Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein in my critical opinion, and the later films in the series aren't exactly slouches, even those made under what has been characterized as a "factory-like system" within the "Big Five" studios during the era.

Other bits of conventional wisdom are repeated (although not always espoused) that I feel are sorely mistaken--such as "sequels are never better than the originals", the impression that horror is a lesser genre ("not as deep" as other kinds of films), and a severe implied discounting of other horror/comedy films after Bride (Bride is called the "pinnacle" of that amalgamation). But these ideas are conventional wisdom, after all, as wrongheaded as they may be, so it's certainly not a flaw that Skal shows his subjects repeating them.

If you're at all interested in the history of horror, especially a much more serious cultural look at the genre, you owe it to yourself to see this documentary. You should also listen to the very informative scholarly commentaries on the classic Universal DVDs, and make sure you check out Skal's books, including The Monster Show, Hollywood Gothic (on the literary, stage and screen history of Stoker's Dracula), Screams of Reason (on mad scientists), Dark Carnival, Death Makes a Holiday (a cultural history of Halloween), Vampires, and V is for Vampire.

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