Frankenstein Finds Religion
Make no mistakes, James Whale’s 1931 FRANKENSTEIN is a classic in every sense of the word. It’s hard to imagine that it could have been even better than it was, but when you read about the scenes that got cut, you have to wonder. A couple of the scenes that got cut were filmed, and you can watch them here. “Henry” Frankenstein proclaiming “Now I know what it feels like to be God!” was too much for the censors in 1931, as was the scene of the Monster throwing the little girl into the water. With THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN it’s even harder to imagine it being any better, but there’s one scene in particular that would have, in my opinion, added to the film’s potency.
In the cemetery, the Monster comes across a tombstone depicting Jesus on the Cross. The Monster, confused, tries to help the man, as he sees it, get free of the cross where he is suffering. This shows the Monster’s innate humanity, his decency. The scene survives only as a still image. (That’s it accompanying this article.) Stupid censors. They also made director James Whale trim some scenes with the Bride herself, Elsa Lanchester in her dual role as Mary Shelley, because they she was showing too much cleavage.
Moronic, isn’t it?
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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