Love can be a bitch - just ask the monster in Bride of Frankenstein. A sequel to the 1931 horror film Frankenstein, the 1935 Bride features Boris Karloff in all his creepiness as the monster and a very young Elsa Lanchester as the bride who rejects him (a fatal error on her part). After lots of stomping around by the monster (he's a little clumsy) and evil maneuvering by Dr. Frankenstein and his sidekick, a bride is finally created ("She's alive! She's alive!"). But the joy is short-lived - the monster reaches out to the bride, gently asking, "Friend?" only to have her answer him with an ear-piercing scream. (He takes that as a "no.") Dejected, the monster destroys the lab, telling the bride, "We belong dead," as everything explodes and burns around them. All we can say is, that's one hell of a first date. 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday. River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.
Fri., Oct. 2, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 3, 11:55 p.m., 2009