Bride of Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein

Oct 26

7:30 PM

Friday, October 26, 2018

“She’s alive!!!” Enjoy a spine-chilling Halloween weekend with a concert featuring a screening of James Whale’s classic 1935 horror film Bride of Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester. With Franz Waxman’s quirky and suspenseful score played live by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the evening is sure to be, as the Bride herself stated, “a perfect night for mystery and horror.”

Stay after Bride of Frankenstein for a bonus showing of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, named one of the funniest American movies of all time by the American Film Institute.

Approximate concert duration: 200 minutes including intermission


Waxman Bride of Frankenstein

Screening of Young Frankenstein

Of "Bride of Frankenstein," which starred her father, horror legend Boris Karloff, his daughter observes: “It is one of the rare instances of a sequel that is often considered to be better than the original. My father objected to the monster speaking in the film, but cinema history has proved him wrong. It is so irreverent and comical." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

British-born director James Whale virtually created the modern horror film genre out of thin air, while German emigre composer Franz Waxman helped to usher in the golden age of Hollywood movie scoring. Both Whale and Waxman achieved career heights with their contributions to "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), the rare sequel that surpasses the artistry of the original. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.