Cult Movie Essentials

Cult Movie Essentials: The Bride (1985)

The Bride was the film that reunited Quadrophenia alumni Phil Daniels and Sting – it had that big evil dude from the Highlander in it and that girl from Flashdance – so why wasn’t it a bigger hit? Director Franc Roddam (Quadrophenia, K2, Aria, The Lords of Discipline, War Party) brought Lloyd Fonvielle’s story to the big screen where we meet Baron Charles Frankenstein (Sting), his creature (Clancy Brown), Dr. Zalhus (Quentin Crisp), and Frankenstein’s assistant, Paulus (Timothy Spall). Now Baron Frankenstein has a plan to create the perfect woman, Eva (Jennifer Beals), to mate with his creature. Unfortunately during her creation the laboratory is burnt down and explodes, killing Frankenstein’s assistants Dr. Zahlus and Paulus. Dr. Frankenstein believes the creature died too but he flees to the woods.

Out in the woods, the Creature meets and befriends the dwarf Rinaldo (David Rappaport), who gives a name to him, Viktor, and invites him to work in a circus in Budapest; whilst Baron Frankenstein and his house keeper Mrs. Baumann (Geraldine Page) are teaching Eva how to behave and to be independent. One day, Frankenstein introduces Eva to the high-society, using the cover story that he found her in the woods and that she has lost her memory. He soon becomes obsessed with her…



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