Bride of Frankie (2017) [Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2017]

While the Doctor is away, his assistant will play.  As the mad-scientist is out, his not-so-mad assistant works on getting his creation a friend.  As the friend comes to life, the assistant teaches her how to live and how to love.

Writer/director Devi Snively takes a well-known tale and gives it a new spin with these new characters who are sweet to watch evolve and learn about the world and themselves.  This monster story is more self-discovery than fear-inducing scare, but it works oh so well.  The film takes these characters and makes them human and full of emotions while also more subtle than usual for these types of beings.  The story is one that is sweet with a slight feminist edge considering the quote at the start; it’s also one that shows so much love and heart that it makes the viewer want a longer version of it.  The characters created here are touching and loveable while also intriguing.

The cast here is what makes it work so well as their chemistry is just right and their performances are adorably sweet without being overly sweet.  The chemistry between Rachel Sledd and Jessica Ridenour is palpable and their performances so that they have a good grasp on how to properly show care through their acting.  Playing the male monster for who the bride is meant, Mark Lancaster has a sweetness to his performance while also being quite charmingly clumsy.  His performance brings in an extra layer to the story.  Bringing in some fun is Sarah Jane Murray as a ballerina fairy with a whole lot of attitude.  Her performance brings in giggles and a bit of lightness.

The film looks stunning with cinematography by Claire Bruce.  The way things are shot give the film an old Hammeresque look with a slight modern twist.  It’s perfectly black and white, giving the film an ethereal feel while it also gives it a classical look, both working great with the story and how it’s told.  The images are careful, planned, and perfectly toned.

Bride of Frankie is a tale of love, consent, and woe.  It’s classical yet truly modern.  It gives the Bride of Frankenstein an update while keeping it in the past.  It uses something that would have been shocking back then but is not now to bring forth a story with important themes and points.  Yes, it’s an LGBT story, but it’s also a universal story with its central themes and how they are developed.  It’s already a masterpiece of love and horror which the feature version coming soon should have no problem building upon.