#30 Bride of Frankenstein (1935 Dir. James Whale)
The Universal monster movies are required viewing for any film fan, but if you watch only one of them, it should be The Bride of Frankenstein. This brilliant sequel is superior in many ways to its predecessor and is known for its striking imagery and black humor. Dr. Henry Frankenstein is coaxed against his better judgement into creating life once more by fellow scientist, Dr. Pretorius. Though the character is only on screen for five minutes, Elsa Lanchester’s portrayal as “The Bride”, remains iconic and unforgettable. Subtle references to gender roles and sexuality give this film a subtext that adds biting social commentary to the macabre storyline. The Bride of Frankenstein as well as its predecessor, went on to inspire several films, most notable of them are the Mel Brooks comedy, Young Frankenstein and God’s and Monsters, a fictionalized account of Whale’s life and career. If you're looking for a beautiful and entertaining example of classic Universal horror, look no further.