Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Slide of Frankenstein

Made of lightning-empowered remains,
He's a fright as he glowers in chains
But this scene is a sequel
And on screen ain't the equal...
On the budget they've tightened the reigns.

Top: Lon Chaney Jr as The Monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton; 1942); Above and below: Boris Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale; 1935). The idea in Ghost is good: The Monster is angered that Frankenstein refuses to recognize him. But the imagery is no match for that in Bride.

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