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Bride of Frankenstein Valentine's Day Massacre

Horrible Imaginings is putting together another Horror Festival to celebrate Valentine's Day.


Saturday, February 12
7:00pm - 11:30pm

10th Avenue Theatre
930 10th Avenue
San Diego, CA



James Wale's horror classic BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

Mike Salva's animated short BACK TO LIFE

Dave Reda's slasher music video HORROR OF OUR LOVE 

Lis Fies's new short PSYCHOSEXUAL


The Bride of Frankenstein is a masterpiece. It is not only generally regarded as a rare example of a sequel surpassing the original in quality and merit, but it has made many lists as one of the greatest films of all time. It is also a stunning example of how reluctant people are to recognize the virtues of a work of art that comes from the horror genre.


Unlike many horror classics like Peeping Tom, which were misunderstood when they came out and only later gained critical recognition for their significance, The Bride of Frankenstein was acclaimed right at the beginning. What is interesting, however, is the necessity that nearly every critic felt for including the qualifier “for the horror genre,” as in: “this was a good film for the horror genre.” It is as if the reputation of these critics was at risk if they dared to just call a horror film a good film, without the qualifier or categorization.

Of course, this practice continues today. What seems to give credibility to genre films is the ability for them to remain in the public consciousness over time. The dramatic and symbolic nuances of The Bride of Frankenstein have led to decades of film interpretation and debate. This is partly due to the performances of Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Thesiger, Colin Clive, and others, partly to the brilliant score and sound by Franz Waxman, partly to the cinematography by John Mescall and make-up effects by the legendary Jack Pierce--but significant credit must be given to director James Whale. Whale’s vision is consistent and rich throughout the picture, with little meddling from the studio. Barring some minor censorship issues, he had what is quite rare in the world of filmmaking: a combination of creative freedom and profound artistic ability and vision.


The complexity of James Whale the man is evident in The Bride of Frankenstein; it is there that we get so much to talk about--so much that is memorable. What could possibly prove the vitality of a film more than its endurance in the public consciousness for generations?

Whale’s affection for his monsters and Karloff’s ability to bring empathy to a reanimated corpse goes beyond Mary Shelley’s technophobic warning against “playing God.” Whale and Karloff created an inverse Christ figure, an indictment of the mob-mentality and cruelty of good people, and most importantly they have shown how the overwhelming need for companionship is rooted more deeply than we imagine.

I couldn’t be happier than to present The Bride of Frankenstein for Valentine's Day on the big screen in downtown San Diego. I know this will be a first viewing for some people, and I envy such an introduction. The sound and picture at 10th Avenue Theatre have proven a delightful viewing experience. I offer sincere gratitude to theatre owner Jeff Cotta for making this event possible.

-Miguel Rodriguez


Horrible Imaginings Website
These tickets will be WILL CALL, and pre-orders receive a special souvenir ticket.

Tickets will be available the day of the festival at the door.


See you there.

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  • Pia T.

    As always and this being the 3rd Horrible Imaginings event by Miguel Rodriguez, it was a BLAST! Love the atmosphere and like-minded people. Lots of goofy and gory fun. Can't wait for the next one!

    February 13, 2011

  • Gaaron V.

    Amazing! Everyone had an epic time!!

    February 13, 2011

  • Rena R.

    Another Awesome Horrorfest!

    February 13, 2011

  • anthony

    OK, you've got dibs!

    February 7, 2011

  • anthony

    I have an extra ticket at will call if anyone needs it

    February 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member


    February 2, 2011

  • Miguel R.

    Britt and everybody,

    I HIGHLY encourage dressing up, as you all probably know. :)


    February 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    if you guys are dressing up to go enjoy this ... I will come shoot you in the style of the movie with some of my models and photographers!!! you just gotta meet for drinks first....

    1 · February 1, 2011

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