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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bride of the Monster (1955)

Ed Wood.  You either love him or hate him.  I fall into the category of "love him" simply because he tried so damn hard.  His love for cinema may have exceeded his ability as a filmmaker, but this never stopped Wood from pursuing what he loved to do.  Be it the daring Glen or Glenda (1953) or the "so bad it's good" Plan 9 From Outer Space (1958), Wood cannot be accused of being either dull or going through the motions.  He gave it his all and I love him for it.  
Bride of the Monster was Wood's only financially successful film upon release.  It also stars one of his favorite horror icons, Bela Lugosi, whom we worked with on a number of films.  While this is hardly Lugosi's finest performance, it's not his worst either.  Unlike his crazy dialogue and over the top acting in Glen or Glenda, [Pull the string!  Pull the string!] we see glimpses of the Lugosi that made him great.  Yes, he's in poor physical health due to his struggles with addiction but he still has a few moments where he really shines like he did in the "old days."  Wrestler Tor Johnson also appears as Lobo.  [He also appeared as a zombie in Plan 9.]  He's really bad here and that's the kindest thing I can say about him.  The rest of the cast is pretty horrible as well.  Bless their hearts!
In Bride of the Monster you will see glimpses of Frankenstein, 1950's fears of atomic energy, zombie mind control and a ridiculous giant squid that has to be seen to be believed.  There is even a nod to White Zombie (1932) as Lugosi clasps his hands in the same manner toward the end of the film in order to keep his atomic bride under his spell.
Don't judge this film too harshly.  Bride of the Monster actually contains moments of competent directing and cinematography.  Granted these moment are brief but Wood gave it his all in a film that many critics consider to be his finest effort.
Rating: Fair.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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