The monster Frankenstein rises again, and this time his mad scientist creator has taken it upon himself to construct a monstrous companion.The Bride Of Frankenstein, a masterly mix of horror and black comedy, is the first in a series of sequels to Frankenstein(Son of Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein). In the wry prologue, Mary Shelley (Elsa Lanchester) resumes her gothic tale after the face-off in a burning windmill between Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and his horrific creation, the Monster (Boris Karloff). Presumed dead, the fiend rises again, immediately dispatching two villagers and wandering into the forest. Meanwhile, at chez Frankenstein, the archly villainous Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) arrives, demanding to see Henry on a secret grave matter. In a touching scene, the Monster, chased by countless angry mobs, finds brief respite with a blind hermit (O.P. Heggie) who befriends him and teaches him to speak. Mad-as-a-hatter Pretorius blackmails unwilling Henry into creating a female monster, culminating in another gorgeously filmed laboratory scene of lightning, flying kites, and whirring gizmos. Once the lightning-streaked, big-haired, white-robed Bride (Elsa Lanchester again) walks, how will the Monster react; who will live and who will die? Horror fans will delight in Whale's superb camera work of sweeping crane shots and canted angles, the cavernous, shadowy sets, and the atmospheric Franz Waxman score.