Bride of the Monster
Come, Lobo (Tor Johnson). Come over here to your master: Doctor Eric Vornoff (Bela Lugosi). For I have something I want you to do for me.
Now do you see that man loitering over by the swamp? No. Not the one being eaten by a giant octopus. The other one! The man not being eaten by a giant octopus! Well, what I want you to do; is to go over there and bring him back to me so I can experiment on him in my lab. And then, once you've done that, I want you to wait for a whole day -- or alternatively, ten minutes in screen-time -- and do exactly the same thing when Janet Lawton (Loretta King) starts to investigate what we're up to.
Yes, Lobo. That's a good, Lobo. Do as I say. But then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all gets rather physical when Lieutenant Dick Craig (Tony McCoy) saunters onto the scene. As Professor Strowski (George Becwar) suddenly shows his face - most of this movie is a bloody disgrace - Lobo finally takes matters into his own hands - and at the end of the day, a master won't be winning any prizes at
Now there are many phrases I could use to actually define, 'Bride of the Monster'. One of them would be, 'inadvertently humorous'. Where as another's, 'genetically formulaic'. But to be completely honest with you, folks, I found the most appropriate phase to be, 'saved by Bela and Tor'.
Well, in my opinion its 'saving grace' were three specific aspects in particular. The first one was in that very personable and charming scene where Bela's character basically explained the plot. And in so doing, he gave one hell of a bold and engrossing performance that I thought was out of this blooming world. Personally speaking, I think this may have something to do with him emotionally connecting with the sub-text, as well as the manner in which he delivered his lines.
Also, to carry on from this point, the second aspect I really liked -- which may sound somewhat silly, I know -- was how Bela contorted his outstretched hand, as though he was somehow transforming his mitt into a talon or a claw. Go on. Look at the picture provided to see what I mean.
Finally, the last thing I loved about this movie was the congenial dynamic between -- surprise-surprise -- Bela and Tor. Despite it appearing rather one dimensional on the surface, trust me folks, if there is one thing you will take away from this flick, it would be Bela's token phrase directed towards Tor, 'Come, Lobo'.
Now on the flip side of things I best mention that I wasn't a big fan of how this story was edited together. I mean, whenever you saw an 'insert shot' or a 'close up' of a... coff-coff... 'special effect', straight away you could tell these 'inclusions' were obviously stock footage taken from another low grade production. And to make this whole experience even more dire, the rest of the cast were as wooden as a my pine furniture, plus the actual tale in itself -- for the use of a better word -- was a fairly basic 'mad scientist' type scenario we've all seen since time began.
Overall I'd say 'Bride of The Monster' was a fairly middle of the road b-movie for die hard fans only. So if you're in the mood for a quick Bela or Tor fix, here, try this one on for size. Trust me. It won't hurt. Much.
THE RATING: B-