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Bride of the Monster (1955)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1955 Wide

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To most outside observers, Bride of the Monster probably seems like a ridiculously inept horror film, and in many ways it is just that. To connoisseurs of the work of director Edward D. Wood Jr., however, it is the biggest budgeted film in his entire output, made with the resources of a normal B-movie (as opposed to his usual totally emaciated finances) and the most easily accessible of his three horror films. Bela Lugosi, in his final complete performance, portrays Dr. Eric Vornoff, a renegade

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror

Alex Gordon

Feb 15, 2000

Banner Pictures

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The many flawed details of the film are embarrassing, but the film entire suggests a cry from the heart of a crippled poet.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

It quickly descends into [Wood's] signature style: few -- if any -- of the shots match, the acting is atrocious and the dialogue sings with its own unique rhythms of awfulness.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Bela was such a bad actor...

October 26, 2006

More fun than its ridiculous story and brutal acting and incompetently designed sets would indicate.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ed Wood sucked. He didn't suck so bad he was good, he just sucked.

April 11, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Even taking his nonexistent budgets into account, there's no getting around the fact that Wood was simply magnificently untalented -- albeit in a glorious way.

December 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Bad, bad, bad. Have you not yet been introduced to Ed Wood?

July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Bride of the Monster

If you are acquainted with the work of Ed Wood you know what to expect, but this is never bad enough to be worth a laugh. A horrible shlock where hideous performances abound and the plot defies all comprehension and good sense.
November 13, 2012
blacksheepboy

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I feel jipped. No really, it's like I've been bamboozled here! Where is the true travesty of an Ed Wood production? I was expecting some serious miscare, intent to harm when it came to the work of the "worst director of all time" as purported by the Golden Turkey Awards of the early eighties. This, Wood's largest budgeted film, has the same capacities as any other 50's sci-fi horror film, certainly not as awful as repeatedly reported. Sure, it blatantly shows flaws in the lack of passable special effects, stock footage of a crocodile and a giant octopus from previous films of the studio, and the horrific acting that comes from shooting every scene once, whether it be a simple exchange or the climax of the film. Still, much of this felt nostalgic and easy to follow, like the horror classics that proceeded it, but there's always something just a bit off with the acting, especially the relationship between the Monster and his creator. The doctor is portrayed by the aged Bela Lugosi, by then a morphine addict and faded star compared to Boris Karloff. He brings the same insanity and chaotic charisma of his Dracula persona to the Hungarian accent tinged character of Dr. Eric Vornoff, a ruthless man attempting to breed atomic men to rule the world. He is aided by a monster, played by wrestler Tor Johnson. Tor, I am sorry, but you cannot act. I say this with utmost sympathy, because the way you portray that gentle giant is petulant and ignorant to the craft that is acting, or the species that is human. Loretta King, a backer of the film, is strikingly stiff, and the cameo by Dolores Fuller feels bland and porous. Most of the beginning is simple dialogue and this makes the rush of information near the end a bit auto-climactic. Still, it's an Ed Wood, so at least you're enjoying the hilarity involved.
September 20, 2011
FrizzDrop

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If you're interested in Wood's work, you should see this one too, it has Lugosi and the giant octopus. The plot isn't great, but it's still a fun movie in Wood's "b-movie" style.
November 10, 2010
ajv2688

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The best bit about this film are the superb 'death' sequences and fabulous acting haha the plastic octopus cut with real footage is classic and Lugosi is quite memorable with his speeches of evil hehe
The plot is rather basic and the effects are even more pathetic than 'Plan 9' but its still really enjoyable to watch, Bela is the main attraction here for sure, its all based around him, his dialog is actually good in places as he over acts with great enthusiasm and heart, the look of his lab and old creaky house isn't too bad either...it just adds to the old black n white horror feel :)

This is probably second best behind 'Plan 9' with its kooky feel and mad scientist character, the film isn't as badly edited as 'Plan 9' but there's still some genius directing going on, love the old house in the stormy pouring rain.
July 27, 2010
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