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The Bride (1985)

  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 1,924 votes 
  • Genre: Fantasy | Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 16 August 1985 (USA)
  • Runtime: Australia:114 min | USA:118 min
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The Bride (1985)


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  • IMDb page: The Bride (1985)
  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 1,924 votes 
  • Genre: Fantasy | Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 16 August 1985 (USA)
  • Runtime: Australia:114 min | USA:118 min
  • Filming Location: Ain, Rhône-Alpes, France
  • Gross: $3,600,000 (USA)
  • Director: Franc Roddam
  • Stars: Sting, Jennifer Beals, Anthony Higgins | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Maurice Jarre   
  • Soundtrack: Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: Frankenstein | Bride | Doctor Frankenstein | Remake | Psychotronic

Writing Credits By:

  • Lloyd Fonvielle (screenplay)
  • Mary Shelley  novel "Frankenstein" (uncredited)

Known Trivia

  • Actor Perry Fenwick passed on this project Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • This remake of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was made and released in 1985 which was the 50th Anniversary year of the original film which had debuted in 1935. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Actor Sting and director Franc Roddam had previously collaborated on Quadrophenia (1979) around six years earlier. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The name of Frankenstein’s monster was Viktor. This was the same first name as the first name of the film’s producer Victor Drai. In Frankenstein movies, the name of the scientist who creates the monster is usually called Baron Victor Frankenstein, but it was not in this film, instead the character, played by Sting, is known as Baron Charles Frankenstein. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Reportedly, Mariel Hemingway was in the film playing a character called Elizabeth, but all her scenes were cut from the picture. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The original The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was a sequel to Frankenstein (1931) but this remake of the The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was a first and stand-alone film, The Bride (1985) not being a sequel to any particular Frankenstein movie. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • One of two 1980s movies starring Sting that were remakes, had dark themes, and were both alliterated with “Br” titles. The Bride (1985) was a remake of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) whilst Brimstone & Treacle (1982) was a remake of Play for Today: Brimstone and Treacle (1987). Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • In 1998, the film was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Sting was top first billed and Jennifer Beals second billed on this movie, as reflected in the closing credits, and press and promotional materials, yet during the opening credits, Beals is the first cast member’s name to appear, with Sting’s name not billed until the end of the opening principal cast’s credits. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The scene where Eva walks full frontally nude into the living-room, bar her face and top half being shadow blackened out via the lightning of the shot, was not Jennifer Beals but a body double. Director Franc Roddam on his audio-commentary said Beals didn’t want to do it. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Sting is Doctor Frankenstein in this remake of the old classic film The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). After years of research, the doctor finally succeeds in creating the perfect woman, who gets the name "Eva". Full summary » |  »

Story: Sting is doctor Frankenstein in this remake of the old classic film “Bride of Frankenstein”. After years of research, the doctor finally succeeds in creating the perfect woman, who gets the name “Eva”. Written byChris Makrozahopoulos <>

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Keith Addis known as executive producer
  • Victor Drai known as producer
  • Lloyd Fonvielle known as associate producer
  • Chris Kenny known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Sting known as Frankenstein
  • Jennifer Beals known as Eva
  • Anthony Higgins known as Clerval
  • Clancy Brown known as Viktor
  • David Rappaport known as Rinaldo
  • Geraldine Page known as Mrs. Baumann
  • Alexei Sayle known as Magar
  • Phil Daniels known as Bela
  • Veruschka von Lehndorff known as Countess (as Veruschka)
  • Quentin Crisp known as Dr. Zahlus
  • Cary Elwes known as Josef
  • Timothy Spall known as Paulus (as Tim Spall)
  • Ken Campbell known as Pedlar
  • Guy Rolfe known as Count
  • Andy de la Tour known as Priest (as Andrew de la Tour)
  • Tony Haygarth known as Tavern Keeper
  • Matthew Guinness known as 1st Patron
  • Tony Brutus known as 2nd Patron
  • Gary Shail known as 1st Circus Hand
  • Carl Chase known as 2nd Circus Hand
  • Bernard Padden known as Houseboy
  • Janine Duvitski known as Serving Girl
  • John Sharp known as Bailiff
  • Jack Birkett known as Blind Man
  • Gerry Crampton known as Gentleman
  • Fenella Fletcher known as Masked Lady
  • Joe Kaye known as Groom
  • Harold Coyne known as Butler
  • Stromboli known as Circus Performer
  • Karen Furness known as Circus Performer
  • John Alexander known as Circus Performer
  • Jacqueline Russell known as Circus Performer
  • Tod Cody known as Circus Performer
  • Laurence Temple known as Circus Performer
  • Gerard Naprous known as Circus Performer
  • Vera De Vel known as Circus Performer
  • Sally Oultram known as Circus Performer
  • Joëlle Baland known as Circus Performer (as Joel Baland)
  • Miss Irta known as Circus Performer
  • Andy Barrat known as Circus Ringmaster (as Andy Barratt)
  • Annie Roddam known as Countess's Daughter
  • Harry Fielder known as Circus Man (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Tricia Cameron known as assistant hairdresser
  • Sallie Evans known as assistant makeup artist
  • Sarah Monzani known as head of makeup
  • Aaron Sherman known as prosthetics creator
  • Maralyn Sherman known as prosthetics creator
  • Maureen Stephenson known as assistant makeup artist
  • Chris Taylor known as hairdresser

Art Department:

  • Andrew Ackland-Snow known as draughtsman
  • Bruce Bigg known as property master
  • Roy Evans known as construction manager
  • Robin Heinson known as painter
  • Martin Hitchcock known as draughtsman
  • Damien Lanfranchi known as art director: France
  • David McHenry known as assistant art director
  • Grahame Ménage known as scenic artist
  • Brian Read known as prop buyer
  • James Whiting known as laboratory designer (as Jim Whiting)




Production Companies:

  • Colgems Productions Ltd.
  • Columbia Pictures Corporation
  • Delphi III Productions
  • Lee International Studios

Other Companies:

  • Joe Dunton & Company  camera equipment provided by
  • Lee Lighting  grip and lighting equipment
  • Leonard of London  hair consulting
  • Optical Film Effects  titles and opticals
  • Renown Freight  freight agents


  • Columbia Pictures (1985) (USA) (theatrical)
  • RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (1986) (USA) (VHS)
  • Warner-Columbia (1985) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Fox Video (video)
  • RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (laserdisc)
  • RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video (1986) (West Germany) (VHS)
  • RCA/Columbia Pictures Video (1986) (Japan) (VHS)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2005) (Germany) (DVD)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. aimless-46 from Kentucky
    27 Feb 2014, 2:00 am

    "The Bride" is more Thomas Hardy than Mary Shelley, and more Gothicromance than horror. Director Franc Roddam points out (on his DVDcommentary) that he wanted to make a very different version of the oldstory by eliminating almost all elements of horror; so only the firstten minutes qualify as authentic horror.

    Roddam does not discuss the illogic of making a film devoid of the veryelements its "target audience" was interested in seeing, but we alreadyknow that "The Bride" had a very poor showing at the box office. Thistarget audience disconnect was most likely the cause. Nor does hecomment on the failure to market the film to another audience segment;those interested in Gothic period pieces.

    It is especially cool that 20 years later the film is finally beingdiscovered by this other audience and they are finding it a beautifullyphotographed example of their genre that emphasizes story-line andatmosphere over blood and gore.

    Even the much criticized casting of inexperienced leads Jennifer Bealsand Sting (although both look great in period costume) takes on adifferent dimension when the film is re-classified into the Gothicgenre. Suddenly you see that it was the director who was responsiblefor the apparent lack of chemistry between the two stars, particularlyBeals lack of passion in the scenes they share. Roddam wanted theseperformances from his actors to advance his story; they are not not areflection of inexperience or talent limitation. Which is not to saythat Sting will ever be mistaken for a great acting talent but Bealshas been unjustly criticized for a shallow performance when she simplygave Roddam what he wanted from her character Eva. Eva is only learninghow to feel as the film progresses and when the events have all playedout you realize that her emotionless attitude was meant to convey theindifference she felt toward her creator.

    I highly recommend this movie as Roddam is an excellent stylisticdirector and has made a very good and very original Gothic romance. Thefantastic production design unifies what are two stories as Roddam cutsback and forth between the Baron (Sting) teaching his creation Eva(Beals) while David Rappaport as Rinaldo teaches his other creationVictor, played by Clancy Brown. There is a psychic link between the twocreations which will result in a interesting plot twist.

    Roddam has created a visually gorgeous film that has held up muchbetter than the 1980’s mainstream features that outperformed it at thebox office. Don’t be scared away by the negative comments, if you knowwhat to expect (gothic romance not horror) almost any fan of films willenjoy "The Bride". I recommend the DVD, it was made from a flawlessprint and the widescreen presentation really showcases both thetop-notch photography and the terrific work of the production designer.

  2. Nozz from Israel
    27 Feb 2014, 2:00 am

    I don’t see this as a remake of _Bride of Frankenstein_ at all. In _Brideof Frankenstein_ the bride is created, rejects the idea of being themonster’s mate, and is brought down together with monster, maker, andlaboratory. That happens here too, but it’s only the beginning and themovie mostly gives us the further adventures of the trio after they havepicked themselves up and dusted themselves off.

    The bride on the one hand is groomed to be a woman who can achieve anythingbut is unaware of her origin, though she is does find an ossuary afascinating place to be. The monster on the other hand is all too aware ofhis origin but unaware of his potential as a human being. This makes aninteresting contrast, but mostly the film is just more of the James Whalesort of thing, for people who like that sort of thing. It’s respectful, notexploitative, but not ground-breaking either.

  3. Eric-1226 from Seattle, Washington
    27 Feb 2014, 2:00 am

    A beautiful movie! It was really quite lusciously filmed, whereeverything -the set designs, the costumes, outdoor locations, and luscious depiction ofan early 18th century Transylvania setting – are absolutely top-notch, andgive the film an almost magical sort of quality. This is "must see" filmmaking.

    The movie basically deals with the lives and fates of two living creationsof Dr. Frankenstein (played by Sting): one, Viktor, (whom you might thinkofas "Frankenstein’s Monster") is a big scary guy. The other, Eva (played byJennifer Beals), is a beautiful young woman. Both have been created fromspare body parts, and then brought to life by Dr. Frankenstein in thelaboratory. There is a storm and a fire, the tower in which the laboratoryis housed is destroyed, and Viktor escapes to fend for himself out in thecountryside of Transylvania. Eva is taken care of by Dr. Frankenstein who,along with others in the castle, helps to educate the helpless youngwoman.

    That, essentially, is the setting for the movie, and it is told in asurprisingly effective "dual tales" sort of technique. In one story, wewatch as Viktor goes out on his own, and meets up with Rinaldo, a sly butvery lovable midget (played by David Rappaport). Rinaldo convinces Viktorthat the two of them would make a good living by going off to join thecircus, and so off they go, getting involved in a couple of amusing scrapesalong the way. Eventually they do indeed end up with the circus, where bothare mercilessly exploited by the circus entrepreneurs Magar and Bela(playedby Alexei Sayles and Phil Daniels).

    Meanwhile, back at the castle… We watch how Eva is carefully groomed andschooled in the finest European fashion, and meticulously transformed,ElizaDoolittle-style, into quite the proper upper class younglady.

    The movie carefully, and with nicely-timed pacing, switches back and forthbetween these two stories, and these stories prove to be very enjoyablewatching.

    I didn’t find it distracting whatsoever to see Sting playing Dr.Frankenstein. Sure, they could have found a different and arguably betteractor to play the good (?) doctor, but at the time this movie was made(1985) Sting was "the Man" – you know, the dude with the star-power namewhocould pull in the teenagers. And probably the same could be said forJennifer Beals, who was still riding high from her recent fame in 1983’sFlashdance. They need to fill those seats in the theaters, folks! No, theyaren’t that bad: don’t let that deter you from seeing the movie. (And ifyouare a Sting fan or a Jennifer Beals fan (and we know how painful THAT canbe) then you will be even more delighted with this film).

    Oh yes, I said in the summary bar above that this is also athought-provoking story. Well, basically, both Viktor and Eva are subjectedto varying degrees of exploitation by their "benefactors," and one can’thelp but feel that the movie is an allegory for how the strong exploit theweak. This was especially true back in the days of old, where man exploitedman. Now, thankfully, we live in a modern and enlightened age, and it’sjustthe opposite!

  4. mord39 from New York
    27 Feb 2014, 2:00 am

    MORD39 RATING: ** out of ****

    This movie is too wrongly maligned. It’s at least enjoyable half of thetime, since it functions as two different stories which merge together lateron.

    The best part of the movie regards the adventures of the FrankensteinMonster (well-played by Clancy Brown) and his friendly dwarf companion (theexcellent David Rappaport) as they roam the exquisite countryside trying todiscover their dreams. When this half of the movie is playing, you can’thelp but be moved.

    Unfortunately, the other half consists of rock star Sting (it hurts me tosay this, but I think he makes a good Frankenstein) and the gorgeousJennifer Beals as his latest creation. They don’t add anything to the wholemix, though,, and only get in the way and slow things down. This film couldhave been quite good indeed had these parts been removed, and the exploitsof the monster and his pal been fleshed out.

    I think my opinion is a popular one among critics and fans, but one thing isclear: this film is not as bad as some think, and it’s in no way intended tobe a re-make of 1935’s BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

  5. moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv
    27 Feb 2014, 2:00 am

    The beautiful young ward of Baron Charles Frankenstein tires of beinghis student and rebels against his strict tutelage, unaware that shewas indeed brought to life by the mad doctor–sewn together fromcorpses–and that a male counterpart to whom she was intended isroaming the countryside. Director Franc Roddam and screenwriter LloydFonvielle's underrated, well-paced rethinking of 1935's "The Bride ofFrankenstein" hasn't much intrinsic spirit, though it does have lyricalscenes and an absorbing narrative which qualify it as a fascinatingmisfire. As the Baron, rock star Sting poses sufficiently and glowersmoodily, though he's all on one-note; Jennifer Beals is somewhat betteras his charge–with feminist leanings–and a number of her scenes (suchas her first run-in with a cat, and her dialogue with a derelicttraveler) are quite beguiling; Beals however can't escape herineffectual delivery (a non-musical sing-song), and though Roddam'sclose-ups of her are very pretty, she doesn't have much going onunderneath (it's beauty without mystery). Clancy Brown is thesympathetic star here playing Frankenstein's initial creation, and hisrelationship with happy-go-lucky dwarf David Rappaport is marvelous. Abetter film than many critics gave it credit for being, "The Bride" issurprisingly ambitious and yet it isn't paced like a tableaux "epic".Roddam is careful but also spry, and once the plot takes hold, coupledwith the handsome settings, it makes for a rather grand experience.**1/2 from ****

  6. moon110581 from United States
    27 Feb 2014, 2:00 am

    In this wonderful movie, Sting plays Dr. Frankenstein, who afteralready creating his first monster and finding him disappointing andannoying has decided to create the perfect woman. He's successful inhis pursuit, but the first monster, Clancy Brown in a heartwarmingrole, is chased away after becoming a little to possessive of his newbride.

    The monster runs off into the woods and befriends a little person,Rinaldo the Midget, played wonderfully by David Rappaport, on his wayto join the circus. He invites the monster along, and gives him thename of Victor. It is from Rinaldo, who's patient and understanding ina way Dr. Frankenstein never was, that Victor learns how to get by inlife, how to behave, how to share, and to go after your dreams.

    Meanwhile, back at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein is trying to educateand enlighten his newest creation Eva, a lovely and talented JenniferBeals. He aspires to create the perfect woman, as intelligent andindependent as a man. He does not, however, consider the fullimplications of his aspirations.

    As Eva grows and learns, she begins to ask questions. She has been liedto about who she is and where she comes from. Much to Dr.Frankenstein's annoyance, she has become strong-willed and independent,just like a man, but obviously not quite what he had considered. He hadalso not considered how arousing he would find her.

    Victor and Rinaldo successfully join the circus after much persuading,but Rinaldo longs for his dream to visit Venice, and Victor discovershe longs for his dream of Eva, his intended.

    As the movie progresses, there is an obvious connection between the twocharacters which they are aware of, but aren't in contact with eachother.

    As Dr. Frankenstein introduces Eva into society with a few littlemishaps, Eva discovers a handsome young soldier played by a very youngCary Elwes. He pursues her as he would any woman he would like to bed,much to agitation of Dr. Frankenstein.

    The movie moves towards its climax, bringing with it an intensity and aheartfelt conclusion that makes it overall a remarkable movie.

    Sting manages to convey Dr. Frankenstein's increasing frustration withhis independent, disobedient, yet lovely creation, a dark character whoalso enjoys his opium from time to time. The scenes with Victor andRinaldo are wonderful. Jennifer Beals is perfectly bewitching, at firstunknowing and naive, then becoming strong and intelligent as the movieprogresses, yet still revealing an innocence to her character.

    I think anyone would be charmed and entertained by this wonderfulmovie, and I highly recommend it to all.

  7. BakuryuuTyranno from United Kingdom
    27 Feb 2014, 2:00 am

    As far as characters go, "The Bride" goes into depth with its subplotsabout both Frankenstein's monster and of course the bride of themonster, both trying to adapt to society in general, while Dr.Frankenstein keeps the bride in the dark about her true origins.Meanwhile, the "monster", later renamed Viktor, meets a midget whichstarts a subplot reminiscent of "Of Mice and Men" with afreakshow/carnival setting, and to be honest, this keeps going for sometime.

    Too long, actually. It feels like the movie is merely treading waterand next time the story gets moving is not long before it comes to anend.

    It would have been better if it had been considerably shorter actually.

  8. michellemurmurs6244 from United States
    27 Feb 2014, 2:00 am

    This version of Mary Shelley’s famous story has often been heavilycriticized surprisingly. Actually I find it a refreshing andimaginative effort. It concerns the efforts of Baron CharlesFrankenstein (Sting) to create, control and ultimately to conquer theperfect woman. After an electrifying creation scene the baron’s firstmale creation comes to claim his counterpart but disaster results andhe runs off into the night. After rescuing the raven haired beauty fromthe flames engulfing his laboratory the baron decides to tell peopleshe was brought to him after being discovered unconscious in the woods.He gives her the name Eva and begins educating her. In the meantime themale creature befriends a dwarf after rescuing him from a group oftormenting schoolboys. The dwarf looks beyond the creature’s unusualappearance and sees a man simply longing for friendship and acceptance.He gives him the name Viktor teaches him about life on the road. Thetwo stories intertwine until circumstances bring Viktor back to theBaron’s castle to try to win back his "bride". The Baron’s creationsare played by Jennifer Beals and Clancy Brown. The late DasvidRappaport plays the dwarf Rinaldo. If I have any criticisms it’s thatSting in his portrayal of the Baron has a constant irritated look onhis face and final confrontation between Eva and the Baron could havebeen better written. Other than that I really enjoyed it.

  9. spinman140 from United States
    27 Feb 2014, 2:00 am

    I love it when I find a movie in the bargain bin, watch it, and itturns out to be really good. Such is the case with The Bride. Thecinematography is beautifully done, creating a rich atmosphere andsetting for the story. Filmed in England and France, the locations addsome real authenticity to the story; this is no Hollywood back lot.Some may criticize the acting skills of the leads or the degree ofdepth in the story line, but one thing is sure, the movie is consistentin story, direction, mood, and content from beginning to end, a welldelivered package. I also enjoyed this spin on the Frankensteinmonster; he's got personality and character. Instead of being only anobject of horror as in other films, the viewer gets to know andidentify with him as the movie progresses, coming to care for hissuccess and well being. As another viewer stated previously, approachthis movie as a Gothic novel instead of a horror story, and you're sureto find some enjoyment from it.

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