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The Bride (1985)

The Bride (1985)

The Bride




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In this update of James Whale's classic The Bride of Frankenstein, pop star Sting furthers his burgeoning film career by portraying cinema's signature mad scientist. Disgusted by his dim-witted and ugly original creation (Clancy Brown), Dr. Frankenstein sets out to animate an improved version. Though lovely on the outside, Eva (Jennifer Beals) begins her new life as little more than an animal. With the help of his trusty housekeeper (Geraldine Page), however, Frankenstein soon grooms the beautiful zombie into a reasonable facsimile of an upper-class debutante. He's unprepared, however, when his ward displays a mind -- and sexual urges -- of her own. Meanwhile, the good doctor's discarded original creation assumes the name of Viktor and takes to the road. Befriended by an enterprising dwarf named Rinaldo (David Rappaport), Viktor becomes a circus performer but continues to pine after his bride. Connected to her psychically, he soon makes his way back to the scene of their mutual creation. There, he finds the girl embroiled in a love triangle between a callow suitor (Cary Elwes) and Frankenstein himself. In addition to its iconic '80s leads, The Bride boasts a famous supporting cast that includes gay memoirist Quentin Crisp and '60s model Veruschka. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lloyd Fonvielle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2001
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Frankenstein
Geraldine Page
as Mrs. Baumann
Quentin Crisp
as Dr. Zahlus
Andy Barrett
as Circus Ringmaster
Vera de Vel
as Circus Performer
Joey Kaye
as Groom
Guy Rolfe
as Count
Anthony Haygarth
as Tavern keeper
Gary Shail
as Circus Hand
Carl Chase
as Circus Hand
Janine Duvitski
as Serving Girl
John Sharp
as Bailiff
Jack Birkett
as Blind Man
Gerry Crampton
as Gentleman
Fenella Fletcher
as Masked Lady
as Circus Performer
Karen Furness
as Circus Performer
Tod Cody
as Circus Performer
John Alexander
as Circus Performer
Jacqueline Russell
as Circus Performer
Laurence Temple
as Circus Performer
Gerard Naprous
as Circus Performer
Sally Oultram
as Circus Performer
Joel Baland
as Circus Performer
Miss Irta
as Circus Performer
Annie Roddam
as Countess' Daughter
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Critic Reviews for The Bride

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | June 12, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Sting is good but the movie is boring

February 2, 2008

An endearingly strange little re-imagining of Whale's creepy classic.

April 3, 2005

Interesting concept that basically does not stand up over time; Beals is just not a good enough actress to carry off her part.

May 1, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Blasphemously bad rehash of Bride of Frankenstein.

April 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

September 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Bride


The familiar story takes an interesting if slow divergent path in this update of Whale's classic. Beals and Sting do as well as they can with underwritten material while the Monster, ably played by Clancy Brown and touching on some of Karloff's tender renditions, makes a friend (David Rappaport, perhaps the heart of the piece) and joins the circus. A surprise.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Dr. Frankenstein builds a mate for his creation, but instead decides to turn her into a feminist icon (!), so the original monster leaves to join the circus with a dwarf (!). Pointless and ridiculous "remake" of THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Christ I keep wondering why make many Remakes over the years though I have to admit this Remake was a guilty Joy.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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