David Skal's DVD documentary "She's Alive!" appears on FRANKENSTEIN: THE LEGACY COLLECTION. To purchase, click link below.

Creating the Bride of Frankenstein

Director James Whale made quite a splash with FRANKENSTEIN in 1931, but four years later went completely over the top with the black-comic BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, generally regarded as his masterpiece, and the finest example of classic Hollywood horror.

Hosted and narrated by director Joe Dante, David Skal's documentary SHE'S ALIVE! is a special DVD feature of FRANKENSTEIN: THE LEGACY COLLECTION, including insightful interviews with author/​filmmaker Clive Barker; Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris; film historians Scott MacQueen, Paul Jensen, and others. The LEGACY collection also includes a feature length BRIDE audio commentary by Scott MacQueen, an animated photo/​poster gallery, and a vintage trailer.

Beyond the BRIDE, the DVD also includes full features of FRANKENSTEIN (1931), SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, and HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. The 1931 film includes another David Skal documentary, THE FRANKENSTEIN FILES, with its own animated still/​poster gallery and vintage theatrical trailer.

Selected Works

The ultimate "collector's vault"!
There's much more to the Invisible Man than ever met the eye!
How horror entertainment reveals a "secret history" of 20th century culture.
A comprehensive, backstage chronicle at the undying career of the world's favorite vampire.
An in-depth history of one of America's most popular and perplexing holidays.
Co-edited with Nina Auerbach, the definitive academic edition.
The first full-length biography of the reclusive and mysterious director of "Freaks."
One of the largest vampire anthologies ever published, fully illustrated and annotated.
"The Bible of Blood," according to the Washington Post.
Completely illustrated and annotated, the stage play that put Count Dracula on the road to Hollywood.
The curious evolution of a major cultural icon -- the mad scientist.
Science fiction nvel about a California cult seeking total body replacement
Science fiction novel about genetically engineered, hermaphroditic "children."
Science fiction novel about the ultimate in vicarious living.
DVD Documentaries
A revealing featurette about a Universal legend.
Audio commentary for the ultimate cult film.
The ultimate horror icon comes to life.
Life story of the troubled actor best-known as the Wolf Man.
Biography of the man who was Dracula.
The life and career of Hollywood's favorite bogeyman.
A movie icon unwrapped.
The parallel lives of two immortal imagineers.
A nostalgic look at a studio's extraterrestrial adventures.
Revisiting Hollywood's classic horror comedies.
The undying tale of a beauty and a beast.
Behind the scenes with an Academy Award-winning film.
A head-first dive into watery terror.
There's more to this character than meets the eye.
The monster demands a mate, with decidedly mixed results.
The vampire's bumpy journey from Victorian sex nightmare to modern matinee idol.
Articles and Essays
Read David's foreword to this provocative collection!