Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"The air itself is filled with monsters."


Today marks the 106th anniversary of the birth of Elsa Lanchester, best known as The Bride of Frankenstein... though technically she played the Bride of Frankenstein's Monster... it's always such a pickle, differentiating between the man and his monster, no? Frankenstein is the doctor, after all. Blah. And IMDb has her character listed as "The Monster's Mate."

Anyway Elsa died in 1986 at the ripe ol' age of 84 with nearly 100 credits to her name - including Mary Poppins, Bell Book and Candle, That Darn Cat! and the original Willard - but she'll forever be The Bride. Them's the breaks! Hey, if only we all could create an icon to outlive us all, right?

It's cliche to say so, but The Bride of Frankenstein really is the greatest of the period's horror films. A perfect, perfect movie.

Blathering on about this is making me want to watch Gods & Monsters actually... I have a fond recollection of the performance of the actress who played Lanchester, Rosalind Ayres, even though nothing specific is coming to mind (it's been a few years since I sat and watched G&M straight through).


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