She’s Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein (1999)
Article 5476 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by David J. Skal
Featuring Joe Dante, Christopher Bram, Scott MacQueen
What it is: Horror movie DVD documentary
The story of the production of THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN is told.
If a movie is given special treatment in a DVD release, it will sometimes feature an extra like this – a documentary about the making of the movie. If the movie is old enough, you will probably not get any of the original stars appearing (as most of them are dead); the closest this one gets is to feature the son of Dwight Frye and the daughter of Boris Karloff. Instead, you get commentary from assorted experts on the genre; the most familiar names here are Joe Dante and Clive Barker, but Rick Baker and Gregory W. Mank are also familiar names among fans of horror. The documentary is entertaining if not compelling, and there are usually a few interesting pieces of trivia that come out. Much of the info will be repeated if one also watches the movie with the commentary track. All in all, this is a standard example of this kind of thing.
NOTE For the record, I’m not about to start reviewing every documentary found on DVDs for genre movies; life is a little too short, and I’m doubtful that I would be able to say anything about them that’s much different from what I said about this one. I’m reviewing this one as a representative example. However, if I do find one that is exceptionally interesting, I may review that one as well.