Bride of the Monster
(Unrated, 1:08:07, Released 1955)
|Genres:||Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror|
|Release Date:||Jan 1, 1955|
|DVD Release Date:||Feb 15, 2000|
|Starring:||Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy, Loretta King, Harvey B. Dunn, Bud Osborne, John Warren, Dolores Fuller, William Benedict, Ben Frommer|
|Directed by:||Edward Wood Jr|
|Synopsis:||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 Eastern European scientist with a plan to create a race of atomic supermen, giants charged with radioactivity. The problem is that the hapless hunters and other passersby at Lake Marsh, where he has set up shop with his hulking, mute assistant Lobo (Tor Johnson), whom the pair waylay, keep dying when he straps them in and switches on his atomic ray machine (which is a not-at-all disguised photographic enlarger). A dozen victims later, reporter Janet Lawson (Loretta King) goes out to investigate the disappearances -- attributed to a monster -- and falls into Vornoff's hands, with her police detective fiance Dick Craig (Tony McCoy) hot on her trail, and a devious spy (George Becwar) from Vornoff's former nation also nosing his way around the swamp and the old house. Vornoff dresses Lawson in a wedding gown and plans to irradiate her but Lobo refuses to allow it, straps Vornoff into the machine, and turns him into a radioactive giant (and into stuntman Eddie Parker, totally unconvincing in his doubling for Lugosi). ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi|
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November 13, 2012
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.
September 20, 2011
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.
November 10, 2010
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.
July 27, 2010
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 6, 2009
Hard to rate this one. It's terrible...after all it's directed by Ed Wood. But it's also so campy and lame that it's hysterical...because it's directed by Ed Wood. OK, I'll split the difference.
January 13, 2009
How does one rate a movie that is sooooo bad that it's good?
January 6, 2007
Rates a 3 on the ED WOOD SCALE, which falls somewhere between 0 and 2 in the real world. You really just have to know what you're in for when you sit down for an evening of Ed Wood.
November 15, 2006
Horrible but grossly entertaining.
January 23, 2013
Its truly awful, but its Ed Wood's brand of awful which I found amusing
fb1142797643September 7, 2008
I just saw this film on TCM, and didn't find it as much of a "howler" as I expected. Surprised that it was made before "Plan 9," because it seemed much better made. The main two laughable elements are Tor Johnson's ridiculous zombie routine and the totally unconvincing rubber octopus (why didn't Wood just order a few fake tentacles capable of being curled into shapes, and then combine the stock underwater footage with surface shots of the tentacles dragging someone under?), but the direction and scoring are reasonably competent. And Lugosi gets a few good moments, such as his big "I haff no hooome" speech and the hypnotism scenes. Is this really so much worse than countless other no-budget horror/monster films of the era?
In the "knocked-over tombstone" category, watch for the fight scene in the lab where Johnson blocks himself from being pushed through a doorway, and the flimsy set walls shake around him.
December 31, 2011
There are bad movies and then there are great bad movies. Ed Wood was the king of making great bad movies. Many people say that the secret ingredient in Ed Wood's films was the love and devotion that he put into them. That may be true but what really makes a bad movie great is when you can watch it and be completely excited to watch it scene for scene and line for line. Bride of the Monster is awesomely bad and a real delight of bad cinema its every bit as good/bad as Plan Nine From Outer Space just not as famous. Bela Legosi's octopus fight sequence and his atomic supermen speak highlight this quintessential film for bad movie fans.
May 22, 2009
I have seen this at some point and remember it being awful, not even in a good way. Lugosi really managed to take a class plunge in his late films.
October 15, 2008
'Bride of the Monster' Should Get An Annulment
Need I say it? Terrible movie. But not without entertainment value! That's the magic of Ed Wood Jr. The infamous rubber octopus is a hoot, and I also enjoyed the car that unintentionally nearly gets stuck in the mud of the swamp, and the completely irrelevant visit by a monster-hunting foreigner to the police station. Bela Lugosi plans on creating a race of "superhumans" to take over the earth, but when his device finally works upon himself, the result is about 6 inches growth. Ooooooo, suuuuuperhuuuuuuman!
March 13, 2008
A masterpiece. Ed Wood really knows how to do bad movies. "Bad" sounds way too positive though, it's so worthless that it becomes funny.
December 10, 2007
An Edward D. Wood Jr. film that not only it isn't completely bad (isn't this a yuxtaposition), but it's actually entertaining for it's better merits.
December 17, 2011
"Bride of the Monster" is... just awful. It is often difficult to laugh at this atrocity because it is such a sad reflection of the failures of Ed Wood. There came a point midway through this movie when I realized: âI have no idea what this movie is about.â? I mean, there's a mad vampire scientiest (not actually a vampire), his henchman, and a giant octopus. The title confuses me, considering that the octopus is refered to as "the monster" but its doubtful that the captured woman is intended to marry the octopus. While we're on the topic of the octopus, I love that it doesn't actually move and when people are "killed" by it, they basically wrap themselves up in its arms and roll around so that it looks like it is strangling them or something. In the end, the acting is bad, the editing is shoddy and inconsistent, and the story doesn't really even do anything. The only way to enjoy this film is by watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version.
November 29, 2009
This is probably the closest Ed Wood ever came to making a decent movie. It still has some major flaws, but they just add to the charm of the whole thing. Lugosi and Wood were made for each other. They needed each other, and although neither of them actually got the results they wanted out of their movie partnership, they did find a kindred spirit in each other. Wood and his gang of misfits were the original guerrilla filmmakers. The fact that the octopus in the movie was stolen from some studio more than makes up for the fact that it was totally inanimate. The acting, although definitely not top shelf, was still no worse than some other b-movies I've seen from that era. The plot is pretty basic, but it works. All in all I'd say that from a technical stand point, this is probably Wood's best work, Glen Or Glenda is still my personal favorite, followed very closely by Plan 9.
October 21, 2009
we have Bela Lugosi playing a mad scientist in this Ed Wood production. He's trying to make super-strength slaves and he has an octopus. This one has more sense than the notorious Plan 9, but still with all the ineptness which I don't believe was deliberate. These traits of absolute horribleness actually help to boost this above many of this genre during this period.
May 24, 2009
this film is amazing. unlike Plan 9, it seems to have somewhat of a budget, although it's not really a noticeable step up. easily my favorite part of the movie is the last 5 or 10 minutes...the final sequence of events is just so unbearably awful you can't help bust a gut laughing. miserable writing, sloppy editing, and just about everything you'd want or expect from the Ed Wood tier of moviemaking.
August 11, 2008
bela lugosi AND tor johnson in the same movie? it's a dang match made in heaven that only ed wood could provide. is it good? is it bad? who cares? it's entertaining.
July 7, 2008
Ed Wood actually tires to make a horror movie in this one, which is funny at times, but usually downright dumb. Better than Plan 9.
July 2, 2008
The only thing that makes this movie good is how terribly bad it is; that and Bela Lugosi, who gives it his all despite the overall crappiness of the movie as a whole.
December 15, 2007
This is one of the best movies ever made. IBela Lugosi,Tor Johnson,Ed Wood,a rubber octopus...need I say more. Yeah...I guess I could. But I won't. Because I can do that.
November 15, 2007
You can't go wrong with Eddy. Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, and a rubber octopus; who could ask for anything more?
August 11, 2007
People take shots at Ed Wood but, really, this flick wasn't quite so horrible. Overlook the name of the director , it's not so different from a lot of films of it's era. That said, it's certainly not a phenomenal film by any stretch of the term.
I was fortunate enough to see this as a MST, but I was exposed to it at a young age -- God knows what that's done. Tor Johnson... somehow on par with Bela as far as acting goes in this one? Oh, Bela, Bela, Bela...
That was one unstable octopus!