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Originally known as Bride of the Atom, Bride of the Monster is a 1955 science-fiction film starring Bela Lugosi in a traditional mad scientist role, and was produced, directed and co-written by Ed Wood. // Events November 3 - The musical Guys and Dolls, starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, debuts. ... 1931 film poster, promoting Bela Lugosis genre-defining turn as Dracula. ... They LAUGHED at my theories at the institute! Fools! Ill destroy them all! Caucasian, male, aging, crooked teeth, messy hair, lab coat, spectacles/goggles, dramatic posing — one popular stereotype of mad scientist. ... Edward D. Wood, Jr. ...


Lugosi's character, Dr. Eric Vornoff, tries to create an army of supermen to do his bidding but is thwarted by the "good guy".


The television program Mystery Science Theater 3000 mocked Bride of the Monster in one episode. From left to right, Crow T. Robot, Joel Robinson, and Tom Servo (the latter dressed as a candystriper). ...

The shooting of this movie is also re-enacted in Tim Burton's biopic of Wood, including a sequence showing Wood (played by Johnny Depp) and his crew stealing the mechanical octopus from a props storage vault at the Republic Studios, an event which did not occur in fact. Wood rented the octopus, along with the cars, legally from Republic. Regardless of how he obtained the octopus, its mechanism did not work, and many critics have discussed out a climactic scene in which Lugosi "struggles" with it by moving its arms in an effort to make it seem alive. Tim Burton Tim Burton (born August 25, 1958 in Burbank, California) is an eccentric film director known for his off-beat and quirky style. ... Ed Wood, directed by Tim Burton, stars Johnny Depp as the transvestite cult movie maker Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Johnny Depp John Christopher Depp II, widely known as Johnny Depp (born June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky), is an American film actor. ... Republic Pictures Corporation was a movie production-distribution company with studio facilities, best known for its specialization in quality b westerns and movie serials. ...

Arguably this film's most memorable line is spoken by Lugosi's character: "One is always considered mad, if one discovers something that others cannot grasp". It has been argued by commentators on the film that it is actually meaningful as a criticism of standard views and ideas. It has also been suggested that the phrase expresses both Wood's and Lugosi's bitterness at the lack of appreciation for their work. This is a good example of the theory that the problem with Wood's movies was not necessarily his ideas in themselves, but rather their poor execution.

Another line of dialogue attributed to this film in the book The Golden Turkey Awards has Lugosi's character proclaiming that his monstrous manservant (Tor Johnson) is "as harmless as [a] kitchen." This allegedly misspoken line is often used as evidence of either Lugosi's failing health/mental faculties, or Wood's incompetence as a director. In reality, no such line of dialogue exists in the film. Lugosi can clearly be heard stating that Johnson's character is "as harmless as [a] kitten". The Golden Turkey Awards is a book by film critic Michael Medved and his brother Harry Medved. ... Tor Johnson (b. ...

Finally, the closing comment by the heroes, after Vornoff's demise in the hands of his own creation, "He tampered in God's domain", is typical of the view in SF films of science being bad, even destructive.

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Bride of the Monster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (438 words)
Originally known as Bride of the Atom, Bride of the Monster is a 1955 science fiction film starring Bela Lugosi in a traditional mad scientist role.
The shooting of this movie is re-enacted in Tim Burton's biopic of Wood.
The television program Mystery Science Theater 3000 mocked Bride of the Monster in one episode.
VH1.com : Movies : DVD : Bride of the Monster : Review (524 words)
Bride of the Monster is one of two feature films upon which, for many years, rested the reputation (such as it was) of director Edward D. Wood Jr.
Bride of the Monster was the most accessible and conventional of Wood's three horror films.
With a hulking monster of a servant (Tor Johnson) and a Soviet spy (George Becwar) working around the edges of the plot, Bride of the Monster has all of the necessary ingredients for the kind of unintended laughfest that one associates with Wood's movies.
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