The Bride (film)
film poster for The Bride.
|Directed by||Franc Roddam|
|Produced by||Keith Addis
|Written by||Mary Shelley (novel Frankenstein)
|Music by||Maurice Jarre|
|Cinematography||Stephen H. Burum|
|Editing by||Michael Ellis|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||August 16, 1985|
|Running time||118 minutes|
The Bride is an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, released in 1985 and directed by Franc Roddam. The film stars Sting as Baron Charles Frankenstein and Jennifer Beals as Eva, a woman he creates in the same fashion as his infamous monster.
The film begins with Baron Charles Frankenstein (Sting), his monster (Clancy Brown), Dr. Zalhus (Quentin Crisp), and his assistant Paulus (Timothy Spall) creating a female mate named Eva (Jennifer Beals) for the monster. Eva is physically identical to a human and lacking the deformities of the monster. As such, she is revolted by the monster and rejects him. This causes the monster to fly into a rage and destroy Frankenstein's laboratory. Frankenstein, believing himself and Eva to be the only survivors, flees with her back to Castle Frankenstein. There he falls in love with her and pursues the goal of making her a perfect human mate.
The monster, having survived, wanders into the countryside where he befriends a dwarf, Rinaldo (David Rappaport). They become involved with a circus owner who eventually kills Rinaldo, causing the monster to sink into a state of deep sorrow and rage. He decides to return to Castle Frankenstein to retrieve his mate. At this time, Eva discovers that she shares a psychic link with the monster. She rejects the Baron as the monster is returning to the castle to rescue her. In the film's ending, the Baron falls to his death, and the monster and Eva reunite with each other and head off to Venice.
- Sting as Baron Charles Frankenstein
- Jennifer Beals as Eva
- Clancy Brown as Viktor, the Monster
- Geraldine Page as Mrs. Baumann
- David Rappaport as Rinaldo the Dwarf
- Anthony Higgins as Clerval
- Alexei Sayle as Magar
- Veruschka von Lehndorff as Countess
- Quentin Crisp as Dr. Zalhus
- Cary Elwes as Captain Josef Schoden
- Phil Daniels as Bela
- Tim Spall as Paulus
The film earned negative reviews from critics and holds a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Jennifer Beals's performance in the film earned her a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress. Despite this, The Bride has gone on to earn a cult following.
Literature and film references 
- Frankstein's full name in the film is Baron Charles Frankenstein, unlike Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein or the classic Universal Studios movie's Henry Frankenstein.
- The monster in the film is given a name, Viktor, while Shelley's monster was unnamed in the novel.
- The dwarf in the film is named Rinaldo, also the name of blacklisted Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein screenwriter Frederic I. Rinaldo.
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