‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ Comes Alive… Again

Universal’s movie monsters are the stuff of cinematic legend. While Frankenstein & Company might not scare us like they used to, those old black and white horror flicks are still a lot of fun to watch on a late October night. Even so, it’s not surprising that the studio is looking to update and remake their library.

Universal has “The Wolf Man” coming this fall with Benicio Del Toro in the lead. They’ve also been talking about a remake of “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” for years. Now Uni is looking to breathe — or electrify, as the case may be — new life into “The Bride of Frankenstein.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal is trying to lure Neil Burger (“The Illusionist”) into writing and directing a remake of the classic 1935 creature feature. Like “Black Lagoon,” a “Bride” remake has also been kicking around the studio for several years, with various writers and directors coming and going from the project. With Burger’s “Dark Fields” being delayed thanks to Shia LaBeouf’s broken hand, he may very well help the Bride to live again.

Even if you’ve never seen the original, you know who the Bride is with her crazy beehive hair, gorgeous lipstick and impeccable 1930s eyebrows. She’s purely a creation of the silver screen, drawing inspiration from a few paragraphs of Mary Shelley’s novel that sees Dr. Frankenstein giving in to the Monster’s demands for a mate. The good Doctor destroys her before he ever brings her to life in the novel. It’s something that no film adaptation of the story has ever been willing to do, probably because she’s just too much fun to play with.

The original film was a favorite of mine as a kid — I even went as the Bride for one Halloween, gauze wrapped arms and all — and it may be blasphemy, but I’d love to see the story redone so that she gets more screen time. It’s just not fair to see her get all dressed up, brought to life, and then die in a fiery inferno.

Readers, would you go for a new version of “The Bride of Frankenstein”? Or is the idea just too cheesy for modern horror fans?