The Bride
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFranc Roddam
Screenplay byLloyd Fonvielle
Based onFrankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
by Mary Shelley
Produced by
CinematographyStephen H. Burum
Edited byMichael Ellis
Music byMaurice Jarre
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 16, 1985 (1985-08-16) (US)
  • November 1, 1985 (1985-11-01) (UK)
Running time
119 minutes[1]
  • United Kingdom[2]
  • United States[2]
Budget$13 million[2]
Box office$3.6 million[3]

The Bride is a 1985 period science fiction horror film directed by Franc Roddam, and starring Sting, Jennifer Beals, Geraldine Page, and Clancy Brown. Based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, the film follows Baron Charles Frankenstein who creates a woman, Eva, while his original monster—believed to have been killed in a laboratory accident—escapes into the countryside.

The film, an international co-production between the United Kingdom and the United States, was released theatrically on August 16, 1985 by Columbia Pictures to generally negative reviews from critics. It was a commercial failure, grossing only $3.6 million.[3]


Baron Charles Frankenstein, Dr. Zalhus, and Frankenstein's assistant, Paulus, attempt to create a female mate, Eva, for his creation. The team of scientists succeed in creating Eva, who is physically identical to a human and lacking the deformities of the monster. As such, she is revolted by the monster and rejects him. A confontation between the monster and Frankenstein regarding Eva leads the monster to fly into a rage and destroy the laboratory. Frankenstein, believing the monster has died, flees with Eva back to Castle Frankenstein. There he falls in love with her and, with the help of his friend Charles Clerval and housekeeper Mrs. Baumann, educates her with the goal of making her a perfect human mate.

The monster, having survived, wanders into the countryside where he befriends a dwarf, Rinaldo. As they learn more about one another, Rinaldo eventually gives the monster more humanity by gracing him with a name: Viktor ("he will win"). The men travel by foot through Europe, eventually arriving in Budapest, where they become involved with a circus owner named Magar, who hires them despite his dislike for Rinaldo. Meanwhile, as Eva acquires language and develops further cognizance, she begins to question her origin and, while visiting a decrepit mausoleum with Baron Charles, tells him she wishes to "go home."

The Baron has Eva accompany him to a formal party held by a Countess, where he introduces her. Eva is initially well-spoken and formal, impressing the Countess, Captain Josef Schoden, and other guests, but becomes agitated when a cat enters the room. Having no knowledge of the animal, Eva begins to scream at it, embarrassing the Baron. Several days later, while riding her horse near the castle, Eva is approached by Josef, who attempts to romance her. Josef informs Eva that the Baron was thrown out of university while studying medicine. She begins to question the Baron and his intentions.

Meanwhile, during a trapeze performance with the circus, Rinaldo is fatally injured in a fall. When Viktor learns that the circus performer Bela deliberately tampered with Rinaldo's harness, causing the fall, he flies into a rage, flipping Magar's caravan over before murdering Bela. Viktor returns to the Castle and finds Eva outside on the grounds. Eva mistakes him for a vagrant, not recognizing him. Later, a mob from the circus arrives in the village in search of Viktor, and shackle him to a wall. Meanwhile, Eva disappears from the Castle. The Baron inquires of her whereabouts, and Mrs. Baumann reluctantly reveals that she has run way with Josef. The Baron locates the two lovers, and brings a defiant Eva back to the Castle. During an argument, the Baron finally reveals to Eva how he created her, using parts of corpses, and bringing her to life via an electric charge. This information mortifies Eva.

Viktor breaks free from his shackles and flees by horse to Castle Frankenstein, where the Baron confronts him. A fight ensues, and Viktor is chased to the top of the laboratory, where he throws the Baron to his death. In the castle, Viktor returns to a sleeping Eva and when she awakens, he turns to leave. Eva asks him to stay and he introduces himself to her with his name. She tells him the meaning of his name, which pleases him. She asks if he knows who made him and he reveals that it was the Baron. Reunited, they head off to Venice to fulfill Rinaldo's dream.



Frankstein's full name in the film is Baron Charles Frankenstein, unlike Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein or the classic Universal Studios movie's Henry Frankenstein. The dwarf in the film is named Rinaldo, after the name of blacklisted Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein screenwriter Frederic I. Rinaldo,[citation needed] who also wrote the scripts for several Universal films, including Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951); Hold That Ghost (1941); The Black Cat (1941) and The Invisible Woman (1940).


Principal photography of The Bride began on June 6, 1984 at Lee International's Shepperton Studios in England.[2] Location filming took place in France.[2] Shooting and completed in December 1984.[2] Some scenes were shot amidst the statuary at the Gardens of Bomarzo in Lazio, Italy.


Box office

Columbia Pictures released the film theatrically in North America on August 16, 1985 and it grossed $3,558,669 at the U.S. box office.[3] The film opened theatrically in the United Kingdom on November 1, 1985, premiering in London.[4]

Critical reception

The film earned negative reviews from critics and holds a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 15 reviews.[5] Jennifer Beals' performance in the film earned her a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress.

Home media

The film was released on VHS and Betamax by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video in 1986, and on DVD by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment in 2001.[6]

Scream Factory released the film on Blu-ray September 25, 2018 featuring an audio commentary from Franc Roddam, as well as interviews with Roddam and Clancy Brown.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "The Bride (15)". British Board of Film Classification. July 16, 1985. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The Bride". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Archived from the original on June 8, 2020. Note: Toggle between "History", "Details", and "Credits" tabs for full scope of source entry.
  3. ^ a b c The Bride at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ Gibbs, Patrick (November 1, 1985). "The son seeker". The Daily Telegraph. p. 11 – via
  5. ^ "The Bride (1985)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 23, 2022.
  6. ^ "The Bride (DVD)". Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Bride (Blu-ray)". Retrieved May 29, 2018.