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Son of Frankenstein
The black shadows of the past bred this half-man . . . half-demon ! . . . creating a new and terrible juggernaut of destruction !
Wolf Frankenstein, son of Henry Frankenstein, returns with his wife, to his fathers estate to claim his inheritance. When he arrives with his family he recieves a hostile reception from locals. While exploring his fathers laboratory he comes across crooked blacksmith - Ygor, who asks him to revive his father's creation - the MONSTER who is lying in a coma. Wolf tries to revive the monster and believes he fails but then some of the locals are found murdered soon after who just happened to be part of the jury that sent Ygor to the gallows. The villagers immediately connect the killings to Frankenstein and send the inspector to investigate. He discovers the monster is alive and is being used as tool by Ygor. Wolf then in fit of madness shoots Ygor. The then enraged monster losing his only friend kidnaps Wolf's son. In the end Wolf tracks the monster to the lab where he swings down on a chain knocking the monster into a sulpher pit and thus his demise.
A more genteel beast than the twisted tales of Universal horror's earlier generation, but still plenty dark and dangerous. It occurs to me that The Past is such an omnipresent theme in horror, this fear that it might come back and we might be unable to control it, and how effectively that theme is explored here, as Basil Rathbone's Wolf von Frankenstein (!!) seems torn between revulsion and worshipful admiration at his father's creation. I don't blame him.
I'd seen this a couple times before but somehow didn't retain the "cosmic ray" retcon introduced here. I like the idea that Frankenstein's monster gets his life and power from the same stuff that gave the Fantastic Four theirs. Please don't tell anyone in Hollywood about this.
Part of **Halloween Season 2012**.
So, the final pieces of Young Frankenstein have now come together. We have the policeman with the wooden arm -- I was hoping he would cheat when they played darts, but no such luck. We have the townsfolk who hate and distrust the newcomer based on his ancestor's activities. And it's clear that Gene Wilder was made up to look like Basil Rathbone, including the eye makeup and pencil mustache. Having now seen the original three Frankenstein movies in close succession, I continue to be amazed by Mel Brooks's cleverness at reproducing and parodying their elements.
But what of the film itself? It looks really good, intentionally aping James Whale's expressionistic sets in the Frankenstein…
Hoop-tober, Film #9
"Son of Frankenstein" isn't quite up to the level of its predecessors, "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein", but at least it's a hell of a lot of fun. Basil Rathbone, Sherlock Holmes O.G., plays the son of the late, great Victor Frankenstein who comes to his ancestral manse to collect his inheritance and is instead manipulated into resurrecting his father's creation (Boris Karloff) at the behest of a broken-necked lunatic named Ygor (Bela Lugosi). The townsfolk aren't too keen to see another Frankenstein come to town and grow even more irate once townspeople start turning up dead, their hearts exploded from fright.
"Son of Frankenstein" needs more Karloff. That is its most glaring problem. Karloff is, as…
Gothic atmosphere thick as tar. A cast of crippled men: a comatose monster, a one armed inspector, a neck-broken hunchback, and a scientist with a tarnished name. The effects a monster has on a village. Better than the Dracula sequels. And Basil Rathbone's nose is scarier than any Karloff makeup.
"Nothing in nature is terrifying when one understands it."
Why couldn't the Frankenstein monster brutally murder that annoying kid?! I was so hoping for it.....
Besides that they was another lovely piece of professional camp horror from the Universal gang. Horror films had been banned almost world-wide for a 3 years, but come 1939, and mirroring the horrors that had started in the real world, horror made it's welcome return with Son of Frankenstein (1939)!
And what a cast! All the people associated with 1930s the genre all in one place! Boris Karloff returns for the 3rd time as the Frankenstein monster. Bela Lugosi takes the role of Igor. Lionel Atwill gets the part of the village one-armed inspector. And to move the story forward few was more capable…
Excellent film - this third film did loose any of the story, chills and horror of the first two in the series.
The son of Henry Frankenstein, Wolf von Frankenstein returns to his family's manor home from the United States. He is not received well for the town folks still feel anger towards Wolf's father for what they blame the Monster for (see the first two films: 1st film, 2nd film). Wolf is handed a briefcase by the local Burgomaster which contains all of his father's notes. Trouble soon starts when Wolf finds the Monster in Ygor's care. The Monster is in a coma and will soon be revived.
Wonderful film. The casting is terrific, story highly interesting, cinematography outstanding - everything just great as the previous two films. Worth watching!
Released in January of 1939, this 3rd in the Universal Pictures Frankenstein series was the beginning of a 2nd Golden Age of Classic Horror films (the first ran from 1931 to 1936, and the 2nd from 1939 to 1946). This is also the 3rd and the final time that Boris Karloff played the Monster, but this time he is joined by a couple others that have long association with the genre --
Bela Lugosi, the living image of Dracula, co-starred as Old Ygor
(yes, the original character's name is spelled with a Y and not the more popular I as in Igor).
Lionel Atwill plays Inspector Krogh (The Character parodied by Kenneth Mars in Mel Brooks comedy "Young Frankenstein").…
Estaría de puta madre si no fuese aburrida.
En breve haré reseña para Zona Zhero, así que ya editaré para enlazarla aquí.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
From a visual presentation, “Son of Frankenstein” is fantastic. It features some of the best sets of the series. All the buildings in the village have weird sloping roofs. The boxes of the judge’s house loom high over the floor. Grotesque stone gargoyles frame either side of the Frankenstein dining room, glaring down on the family as they eat. The cave leading into the laboratory has a hallucinatory rocky ceiling. A giant circular opening leads up into the lab, the bubbling sulfur pit casting an eerie glow over all the electronics. The architecture casts odd shadows on the wall.
While the film mostly builds atmosphere with these elements, it has at least one scene of good old fashion foggy nights,…
Me he quedado muy tonto. Toda la vida quedándome con las dos primeras (en especial Bride) y pasando del resto y voy y me veo esta y lo flipo. Ese reparto de lujo, esa escenografía, brutal, tan expresionista, con esos ángulos imposibles, esas luces y sombras..., sí el monstruo queda mas diluido en esta, pero que bien que esta Lugosi como villano. Como pegas diría que el final me chirria un poco, mas propio del cine de aventuras que el de terror, y que, si has visto Young Frankenstein, cuesta dejar de compararlas todo el rato, ya que es más que evidente de donde saco la inspiración esta ultima.
Not as good as the original two. But still pretty good.
Unlike many dare to say, I think this third part of the Frankenstein series is clearly better in many aspects than its predecessor: the storytelling, plot and acting are all much better than in Bride of the Frankenstein. And, like the first part, this looked amazing as well. They had added a new idea: Frankenstein has a son and that son, Wolf, doesn't get a warm welcome from the villagers because of his infamous father. It was nice that this didn't repeat as much as is typical in sequels. This could have been shorter though, and I was a bit disappointed at Boris Karloff's make-up but otherwise this was a quality movie that I might even watch sometime again.
Karloff's last hurrah as the monster is a step down in quality from the first two, but only slightly. It isn't the morbid masterpiece the original is and doesn't boast the biting satire of the sequel, but it has its own virtues and is still one of the best horror films of the 30s
At times, Son of Frankenstein feels more like an adventure or fantasy movie than a horror film. Although there plenty of great horror moments. It's a sprawling epic of a monster movie that takes its time building the characters and situation, culminating in an action packed finale.
Karloff is great as always. It's hard to believe he was 51 when this movie was filmed, he's just…
A pretty clear step down from Bride, as all the emotional weight of that previous film is jettisoned by reverting the monster back to being a mute killing machine. Additionally, the story feels more than a little like a drawn out rehash of the first film, being that it's largely concerned with a Dr. Frankenstein attempting to bring the monster to life.
To my pleasant surprise, though, this film is almost as visually appealing as the previous two in the series. We've got smoke filled laboratories, crumbling castles, dramatic lighting and sets that could have been loaned over from Caligari (well, almost). Bela Lugosi's Ygor is also fun and Karloff is always great as the monster when he's moving about.
Son of Frankenstein isn't a bad film, really, just an unnecessary sequel that's overlong and somewhat derivative. Bride of Frankenstein felt like a continuation of a story, whereas this feels much more like Hollywood cashing in.
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