It was a graveyard smash.
It was a graveyard smash.
I’ve whined before about the difficulty I had as a kid finding classic sci-fi and horror movies. In the pre-income, pre-internet days, if you didn’t catch these movies on TV when they were being shown, you didn’t catch them. This meant I had a huge backlog of movies I was desperate to see. Making this a little more tolerable (and the backlog a whole lot larger) was the Crestwood Movie Monster Series.
I found the Crestwood Movie Monster Series in my local library. For a long while, I didn’t make a trip to the library without taking one of these books home. They covered all the classics: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and dozens of others. I think some gave a general overview of several movies, but the one I have today, The Bride of Frankenstein, gave a play-by-play of the movie. It was through books like this that I “saw” these movies when I couldn’t see them otherwise. This made them, like The Eerie Series, indispensable to the young and VCR-less.
There is a side-note to the Crestwood Movie Monster series, one that is very special to me. I had read the Bride of Frankenstein volume and had come to understand that this was perhaps the premier Universal horror movie, the greatest horror movie of all time. I wanted to see it very, very badly, but didn’t think I ever would. And then some Saturday when I was seven, a friend invited me to an activity at his church. He didn’t tell me what that activity was. He may not even have known himself. But I went. We had lunch there, played a few games, and then one of the leaders pulled out a movie screen. They then proceeded to show, complete and uncut, The Bride of Frankenstein from a 16mm projector. The Bride of Frankenstein! What I so badly wanted to see! At a church function! Who could have guessed? But they did it. I’ve always been thankful for that, and for some reason I’ve always felt that the Crestwood Movie Monster series was a part of that.
Nothing says true love more than teaming up with your sweetheart on a couples’ costume for Halloween. Over the course of this month, we’ll take a look at several classic examples. Perhaps the most timeless costume pairing, and my personal favorite, is the archetypal Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein duo.
When I think of Frank and his Bride, I can’t help but picture Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester. You too?
The motion picture “Bride of Frankenstein” was released in 1935 and folks have been dressing up as the gruesome twosome ever since.
Codeandcoffee provided the fantastic image below from Halloween 1959. This is one of the best Halloween pics I’ve ever seen. The smartly dressed “Bride” looks every inch a lady as was typical of the women of her era, even those with a monster of a life partner. She is demure and displays the classic ‘50’s silhouette, the hourglass. Her groom is the most cheerful Frankenstein that I’ve ever seen. But with such a lovely bride, who can blame him for such a toothy smile.
Is that a third-eye on his forehead? What’s that about? Perhaps he’s a clairvoyant monster? And is she holding a roll of toilet paper…maybe for some mischief night mayhem?
This adorable, albeit blurry, photo comes from Brechtbug. The unabashed glee on the bride’s face speaks to an innocent time of life; you can’t help but feel her delight and the tug of nostalgia. I love the autumn leaves strewn about lawn, which set a real Halloween mood…you can almost feel the chill in the air. Search “vintage frankenstein costume” on eBay and you’ll find the exact costume worn by the young lad (or very close to it) for a mere $17.99…cheaper than modern costumes and delightfully retro.
While not an actual vintage photo, I appreciate the retro sensibilities of this Frankenstein-and-Bride inspired pair of “1950s dead folks,” as the provider of this image, Kelly Readinger, describes the pic. It never hurts to go a new direction with a classic costume, somewhat like the Raggedy Ann Zombies we reviewed the other day.
Frankenstein’s bride is feeling a bit saucy and is about super-charge her love life in the good doctors laboratory. Frankie had better watch out! He’s in for a shocking evening.
You have got to love that description and you have go to love this silk screen print by artist Jason Chalker of a very sassy Bride of Frankenstein.
So get in the spirit of Halloween with this lovely Art Nouveau inspired 3 color, hand pulled silkscreen print. It will look great on your wall for Halloween or year round! Each on is signed and numbered and is available as a regular print or as a limited edition glow-in-the-dark version!
Bride of Frankenstein Print by Jason Chalker [@] The manly Art Shop