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Bride of the Monster (1955)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | February 1956 (USA)
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Director:

Edward D. Wood Jr.

Writers:

Edward D. Wood Jr. (original story and screenplay), Alex Gordon (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Eric Vornoff
Tor Johnson ... Lobo
Tony McCoy Tony McCoy ... Lt. Dick Craig
Loretta King Loretta King ... Janet Lawton
Harvey B. Dunn Harvey B. Dunn ... Capt. Robbins
George Becwar George Becwar ... Prof. Strowski
Paul Marco Paul Marco ... Kelton
Don Nagel Don Nagel ... Martin (as Don Nagle)
Bud Osborne ... Mac
John Warren John Warren ... Jake
Ann Wilner Ann Wilner ... Tillie
Dolores Fuller ... Margie
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Newsboy (as William Benedict)
Ben Frommer Ben Frommer ... Drunk
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Atomic Monster See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Rolling M. Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a subplot, there are storms every night for three months and strange weather patterns. The characters attribute the phenomenon to the effects the nuclear explosions have on the atmosphere. This probably reflects actual anxiety of the 1950s about potential climate change. Until the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963), atmospheric nuclear weapons testing was used widely and recklessly. In the context of the film, the strange weather is implied to be a side-effect of the experiments of Vornoff, which apparently released radioactivity into the atmosphere. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Vernoff fights Lobo it is not Bela Lugosi fighting but a double. The double was shorter than Lugosi so to compensate, the double wore platform shoes that can be seen during the struggle. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Strowski: Now I am here, sent to bring you home.
Dr. Eric Vornoff: Home? I have no home. Hunted, despised, living like an animal! The jungle is my home. But I will show the world that I can be its master! I will perfect my own race of people. A race of atomic supermen which will conquer the world! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
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One of Wood's most underrated movies. 'Bride Of The Monster' isn't anywhere near as bad as many claim and Lugosi is terrific!
25 May 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Ever since The Golden Turkey Awards chose Ed Wood as the world's worst director back in the 80s there have been a lot of people who automatically dismiss all Ed Wood movies as garbage. Even Tim Burton's terrific 'Ed Wood' has encouraged this. My opinion is that there are many, many worse directors out there, because at least Wood's movies were fun and entertaining, unlike many of those made by the likes of Roland Emmerich or Michael Bay, directors who are able to work with budgets a 1000 times bigger than Wood I might add! 'Bride Of The Monster' is one of Wood's most underrated movies. It was his second movie to star horror legend Bela Lugosi, but unlike the first, the truly mind blowing 'Glen Or Glenda', it isn't completely inept. True, some of the acting is terrible, especially the talentless leading lady Loretta King who is (I admit it) lousy, and Wood regular Paul Marco, who has a small supporting role as a cop. But, and this is a BIG but, Lugosi is terrific. Many fans regard this as his best performance. I wouldn't go that far but it's hard not to get choked up at Lugosi's immortal "I have no home" speech. 'Bride Of The Monster' is the first Wood film to feature the amazing Tor Johnson. He plays Lugosi's Tibetan servant/slave Lobo. All the scenes with Lobo are great fun to watch, especially when Lugosi whips him. Apart from Lugosi and Tor this movie is best remembered for the rubber octopus monster. Of course it's a hoot, but the rest of the picture isn't anywhere near as bad as many claim and is comparable to say 'The Devil Bat', which Lugosi starred in back in the 1940s. Both movies suffer from their minuscule budgets, but both are still worth watching to see Lugosi struggle for greatness. I recommend 'Bride Of The Monster' to all horror fans, especially those of Bela Lugosi.


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