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Two Brides


Ah, sweet serendipity… What are the odds, dear reader, of two blogospheric friends posting equally splendid pictures of everyone’s favourite hand-stitched and reanimated woman within days of each other? (It helps that Evan P and Monsieur Thombeau share a number of interests but let’s not spoil the moment.) The Gray’s-like dissection above is the work of illustrator Martin Ansin, while the painting below is by Michelle Mia Araujo, or Mia, as she prefers. Both artists have produced a quantity of other work which demands your attention. As for James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein, it is, of course, one of the great cultural artefacts of the previous century; if you’ve never seen it there’s a Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester-shaped hole in your life which needs to be filled without delay.


Previously on { feuilleton }
The Mask of Fu Manchu
Berni Wrightson’s Frankenstein



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7 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau


    Check out this link that Wicked Halo sent me for a plethora of Frankensteinian brides. Crazy!

  2. #2 posted by Anne S


    Wonderful movie, The Bride of Frankenstein – the scene where Elsa Lancaster as the bride first sees her husband to be, is an image that remains vivid in my memory, even if I can’t remember the rest of the film..

  3. #3 posted by John


    Thanks, Thom, there’s some fantastic work there as well.

    Anne: I have a sudden urge to see these James Whale films on DVD. I’ll have to look for them next time I’m shopping.

  4. #4 posted by AlyxL


    I love that film – it’s my only weakness.

  5. #5 posted by Anne S


    I think I still have the Boris Karloff Frankenstein on video, and recall how classy the sets were. It’s very stylish and moody.

  6. #6 posted by Evan


    She’s a beauty/
    A one-in-a-million girl

    I just watched Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound. What a waste of John Hurt and Raul Julia. It has been quite a journey to find the films that inspire vs. those that leave me cold. I thought I’d get much out of Unbound, The Bride, and Weird Science, but I got very little. I found much in some of the Hammer films, Whale’s films, and of course your gem of a recommendation, Frankenstein: The True Story. That one is an often forgotten prize.

  7. #7 posted by John


    I’ve read the Brian Aldiss novel upon which Corman based his film but I wasn’t really interested in the film. Don’t remember much about the book either. Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates which also features travel from our time back to 1810 is a lot more impressive (although there’s no Shelley/Frankenstein business).

    You’ve reminded me again that I still want to rewatch FTTS. I’ll have to track down a DVD.






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