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Gods and Monsters

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  • Gods and Monsters
  • Author: Christopher Bram and Bill Condon
  • Director: Bill Condon
  • Producer: Clive Barker
  • Year: 1998
  • Country: US
  • 105 minutes
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A semi-fictional biography of the last few weeks of the life of James Whale, director of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and others. The film portrays the dark sense of humor of James Whale, and also lets us understand some of the pain that he has gone through.

Scenes from Whale's Classics (such as Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and the Invisible Man) are used in dream sequences and help show parallels between the characters and the straight yard-worker that he befriends.

Qvamp says:

Good movie, and the best biographical film of a queer horror film-maker made so far.

James Whale is an important figure in the horror genre in general and queer horror in specific. The performances by Ian McKellen and Brendan Fraser are wonderful and give you a full sense of what it must have been like for Whale to be an openly gay male Director in Hollywood.

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By: Kingy ( kda873@aol.com )
Overall Rating: B-     Queer horror Rating: B-    

I enjoyed the movie a lot, both the modern times and the flashbacks to when Whale was directing. I thought both of them were great characters :)


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