The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Director: James Whale
A tremendous sequel in which Dr Frankenstein is persuaded to have another go at creating life, this time in the form of a female companion for the monster, played by Boris Karloff. What distinguishes the film is not its horror content, which is admittedly low, but the macabre humour and sense of parody. Strong on atmosphere, Gothic sets and expressionist camerawork, it is a delight from start to finish.
Scariest moment: The piercing shrieks of the Bride when Frankenstein’s Monster attempts to court her. Actress Elsa Lanchester modelled her performance on the swans in London’s Regent’s Park, stating ‘they’re really very nasty creatures.’