classic horror movie wallpaper of the day
Today's wallpaper is from The Bride of Frankenstein, the excellent 1935 follow-up to James Whale's unforgettable adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel. Indeed, in the prologue Elsa Lanchester plays the story's author (and the Bride, uncredited, later on) as she tells her husband, poet Percy Shelley, and the flamboyant Lord Byron that the story didn't end with the burning of the mill at the close of the first movie.
The Bride of Frankenstein is one of the rare cases where a sequel actually surpasses the original. (Dawn of the Dead is another.) For starters, the monster learns to speak, so Boris Karloff gets to expand on the already impressive acting chops he brings to his portrayal of the Creature. In addition, the sequel picks up plot elements of Shelley's novel that were discarded for the first movie--the Creature's desire for a mate, and the old blind hermit befriending the hapless Creature. Viewed today, it's amazing the amount of subtext Whale was able to get away with in 1935.
By the way, if you haven't seen the 1998 movie Gods and Monsters, which portrays Frankenstein director James Whale at the end of his life, you should check it out. For one thing, you might be amazed to discover that Brendan Fraser really can act.
I downloaded this wallpaper last year and no longer remember where I found it, unfortunately.