“Bride of the Monster” is a 1955 horror/science fiction movie directed by Ed Wood, Jr. The movie stars Bela Lugosi as Dr. Eric Vornoff, a mad scientist who lives in a secluded mansion with his assistant, Lobo (Tor Johnson). Vornoff is obsessed with creating a race of superhumans, and he has been experimenting with atomic energy to achieve this goal.
When a reporter named Janet Lawton (Loretta King) and her partner, Dick Craig (Tony McCoy), investigate the disappearance of several people near Vornoff’s mansion, they stumble upon his secret laboratory. Vornoff captures Janet and plans to use her in his experiments, but Dick and the local police mount a rescue operation.
In the final confrontation, Vornoff uses his atomic energy machine to create a giant octopus-like creature, which he hopes will be his ultimate creation. However, the experiment goes awry, and the creature goes on a rampage, destroying Vornoff’s mansion and killing Lobo. Vornoff himself is killed by the creature, which is eventually destroyed by Dick and the police.
Despite its low budget and often criticized production values, “Bride of the Monster” has become a cult classic, due in part to Bela Lugosi’s iconic performance as the mad scientist. The movie is also notable for being one of the last films Lugosi made before his death in 1956.
Edward D. Wood Jr.
Edward D. Wood Jr., Alex Gordon
Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy