“As a little kid, she was the first female monster I’d ever seen, and I wanted to be her,” says Micheline Pitt of the 1935 film Bride of Frankenstein’s titular character, “and when I got older, I actually met (makeup effects artist) Rick Baker, and he asked me if I’d be interested in working with him on a project where he would make me into his own version of her!”
Unearthed by the docu-series Collection Complete (which takes an in-depth look into the lives of artists and the collections that fuel their work, as presented by Gemr, an app for collectors worldwide), the show’s latest episode takes a look at the impact of James Whale’s classic 1935 film Bride of Frankenstein on Pitt, a Los Angeles-based artist, designer and filmmaker.
A deep dive into her life-long fascination with the film, the episode focuses on Pitt’s interest in the female horror icon, the character’s lasting impact on horror cinema and goth subculture, and its resonance on Pitt herself (whose collaboration in 2013 with MAC Cosmetics was transformed by Academy Award-winning special effects artist Baker into the creature of her obsession).
The series’ sixteenth episode (future installments are set to showcase other items in Pitt’s collection, including an exclusive first look at her upcoming directorial debut Grummy, as well as more with screen-used prop collector Sean Clark), past episodes of Collection Complete have ventured into the personal collections of filmmakers Mike Mendez of Tales of Halloween fame and The Hills Run Red producer Robert Meyer Burnett.
There’s also a second season of Collection Complete in the works; give the trailer a spin at the top of the article!
What’s more, for the next two weeks, those who create a free account at Gemr.com’s horror club HERE will have a chance to WIN a Bride of Frankenstein Prize Pack, which contains one copy of Bride of Frankenstein on Blu-ray, one Moebius Bride of Frankenstein 1:8 Scale Model Kit (which Includes The Monster & the Bride!), and one “Undying Love” 12” x 18” art print, featuring the Bride and her Monster by Mike Bell.
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