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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.
I died living they all died dead.
Highly underrated Frankenstein film. Admittedly it doesn't measure up to the first two directed by James Whale, but those are masterpieces in my book.
It has great set designs that attempt to continue the Germain expressionism influences from the first two films and the great theme of suffering for the sins of the father.
The real treat though is that you have Boris Karloff in the role of the monster one last time and it also brings in horror legends Basil Rathbone and more importantly Bela Lugosi in one of his most fun roles as the character of Ygor (later spelled Igor) is first introduced.
Karloff and Lugosi in a Frankenstein film should be enough to draw anyone in.
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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…
I did not enjoy this as much as the other two Frankenstein movies. Maybe it's because they changed directors and its replacement was nowhere as committed as James Whale. Maybe it's because Basil Rathbone, while a terrific actor, pales terribly in comparison to Colin Clive, an actor who really committed himself to a thought-provoking character. Maybe it's because I was annoyed at the jarring continuity errors that cause some events to make no sense (I'd rather not spoil it, but if you've seen it, lets discuss it in the comments below). Maybe it's because Boris Karloff's turn as the monster failed to emotionally impact me because this film ruins the humanizing elements of its predecessor. Or maybe it's because this…
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.
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.
Now we're onto the third film in the Universal Frankenstein series, Son of Frankenstein, and this one was also really good!
With Colin Clive and James Whale gone, director Rowland V. Lee had a difficult task on his hands when making a worthy successor to the first two, but he somehow succeeded.
It has a great story, great characters, excellent production design inspired by German Expressionism, rousing music, and some more classic chills, provided by Bela Lugosi as the sinister Ygor, and Boris Karloff in his last outing as the monster in the series.
Is it as good as the first two? Not necessarily, but still a classic nonetheless. Check it out, and see for yourself!
"What an imagination!"
The third and last in the Boris Karloff series, directed by Rowland V. Lee, rather than James Whale, who did FRANKENSTEIN and the more whimsical BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. The conception here doesn't have the resonance of the first two films; this one slips out of the memory, except for a few individual scenes and Bela Lugosi's affecting Ygor, the shepherd and grave robber who becomes the Monster's only friend. Karloff has a few inventive moments--the Monster's revulsion when he sees himself in a mirror, his agonized scream when he discovers that Ygor is dead. ( Lugosi returned as Ygor in THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, but without Karloff.) The set designs contribute to the dreamy, unworldly mood, and actors such as Basil Rathbone as the Baron, Lionel Atwill as the Police Inspector (whose artificial arm gets torn out), Edgar Norton, and Gustav von Seyffertitz give the production a certain amount of class. Emma Dunn and timid, terrified Josephine Hutchinson don't. Universal.
Parodied in Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein.
I'm sure this is going to be one hell of an unpopular opinion, but I think this is the best of the Frankenstein series from the Universal Monsters era.
There's a handful of moments in this film where there's a clever touch added. There's one shot in particular of a crowd in the rain with all of their umbrellas out, and the umbrellas uniformly tilting up to get a view of Frankenstein's son first showing up. The architecture and lighting in this film is an extreme case of German Expressionism and gothic cinema, and on a handful of occasions I was taken aback.
The plot and characters, however, kind of go in…
Best thing: The performance by Basil Rathbone as the actual son of Dr. Frankenstein is great (and makes me think of Tom Hiddleston's performance in Crimson Peak), but the real star here is Basil Rathbone the inspector with the prosthetic arm who was once a victim of the monster.
Worst thing: Is the son of Frankenstein so stupid that he doesn't recognise when things are out of his control and he needs to come clean to the inspector? It would have been good if his stubbornness made more sense.
This film just started so well. The villagers are insanely suspicious of Frankenstein's son and the more they shun his father, the more…
One of the most underrated Universal Monster movies, it's only the lack of James Whale behind the camera that stops it attaining the same classic status of the two previous Frankenstein movies. Karloff and Rathbone are masterful and Lugosi turns in his best performance (yes, better than Dracula) against a backdrop of German expressionist-influenced Gothic horror that ranks as one of the best of the era.
Jesus Christ that kid was obnoxious.
I like the dark comedic touches of the script, like Krogh sticking the darts in his arm. Rathbone and Atwill are absolutely superb. Karloff is good too, of course, though I feel he didn't have as much to do as he did in the first two films. The movie is missing one of those great scenes that make me feel sympathy for the monster, but there was enough here to make me admire Karloff's performance. I think I prefer the first two films by a hair, but I was pleasantly surprised by this.
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