• Tom Gueli

    ★★★★½ Watched by Tom Gueli 03 Apr, 2015

    This is my jam. I love this movie. It manages to depart from the emphasis on mad science and "man acting like God" angles from the previous films while still feeling like an absolutely worthy successor to the Frankenstein franchise. It's perhaps a bit unfortunate that the monster gets pushed a little bit too far into the background, but it's made up for with engrossing characters, like Ygor and Wolf and Inspector Krogh. Basil Rathbone is great here and Lionel…

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  • Fish

    ★★★ Watched by Fish 11 Mar, 2015

    I expected the series to rapidly go down hill after the second instalment, yet here we have 'Son of Frankenstein', brazenly carrying on regardless.

    With a fantastic cast, especially Lugosi, Son of Frankenstein was a thoroughly enjoyable watch. Having never watched on past 'Bride of Frankenstein', due to my feeling that all franchises fade away slowly, I was taken a back.

    With our titular doctor succumbing to the ever present curse, but in extremely art deco surroundings, it has a…

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  • Paul Wood

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Paul Wood 05 Mar, 2015

    Marking the last time that Karloff played the Monster (at least in movie form) Son Of Frankenstein is also arguably the final gasp of quality before the franchise began to deteriorate.
    The story follows the infamous scientist's son returning to reclaim his birthright, uncovering the secrets to creating life and helping to revive his father's creation in the process.
    Basil Rathbone gives a slightly over the top performance which, despite the inherent obsurdity, feels perfectly at ease with the events…

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  • Jason Hernandez

    ★★★½ Added by Jason Hernandez

    Boris Karloff makes his final appearance as the Frankenstein Monster in this zippy little classic where Dr. Frankenstein's son (Basil Rathbone) sets out to clear his dead father's name as the creator of a murdering monster and restore his reputation as a brilliant scientist. So he finds The Monster and electric-shocks him back to health, intending for the beast to be studied for the cause of benign scientific advancement, but what the hell kind of movie would that make? Of…

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  • Lucas

    ★★★★ Watched by Lucas 13 Jan, 2015

    I consider the first 3 Frankenstein films to be a trilogy, and this one ends it so well especially being the final time Boris Karloff would play "The Monster" and then you have an amazing performance by Bela Lugosi as Ygor, just fantastic! Really another classic in the Universal Monster films, and one everyone should see!

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  • Batmouth

    Watched by Batmouth 01 Nov, 2014

    So I guess I'm on a Universal monsters kick, or a Frankenstein kick, or something. I found this to be the most plot heavy in the series so far, it has a much clearer point to point storyline than the previous films. As a result of that I think this doctor Frankenstein is the most fleshed out of the bunch. We meet Henry's son Wolf, coming to Germany from America, apparently having only briefly known his father before he died.…

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  • James Kujawa

    ★★★½ Watched by James Kujawa 30 Oct, 2014

    The opening scene/setup is laughably effortless, basically amounting to "oh boy, the new guy in town's name is 'Frankenstein'? Not again!" After a slow start, things get good when Ygor finally pops up and shows our titular son daddy's little secret. From there, the plot is great, reveling in its own evil and darkness. It's the most sinister interpretation of Frankenstein's monster that I have seen (though my expertise is limited).

    The direction is capable, but blase. The film never…

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  • Carl Garcia

    ★★★ Added by Carl Garcia

    Pleasant, straightforward, fun. I particularly dig Lugosi's arch performance as Igor.

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  • Lars Sieval

    ★★★★ Watched by Lars Sieval 14 Oct, 2014

    The Horrors of October 2014: “Hoop-tober” Edition!

    Son of Frankenstein the third Installment in the Universal Frankenstein series and it's a damn fine third film. This time we have Basil Rathbone in the role of Wolf Frankenstein, the son of Henry Frankenstein, Boris Karloff returns as the Monster (Although in a much smaller role), we have Lionel Atwill as Inspector Krogh, a guy with a wooden arm! And we have Bela Lugosi as Ygor, the man who survived a hanging.…

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  • Mike Streeter

    ★★★½ Watched by Mike Streeter 17 Sep, 2014

    Part of my Hoop-Tober challenge - Tales From the Black Bramford

    Film #1 - Son of Frankenstein

    I am a huge fan of the Frankenstein films, most especially the Hammer produced ones from the 50s and 60s, but I knew less about the classic series. I had seen the original and Bride, but thought I'd go back and see where Universal had taken it after that.

    I enjoyed Son of Frankenstein mostly for is humor. There are a lot of…

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  • Sc8lo

    ★★½ Watched by Sc8lo 30 Apr, 2011

    A surprisingly good sequel in contrast to the sequels of the other monster movies. Good to see Lugosi as Ygor. A wee bit long though.

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  • JohnQuinn

    ★★★★ Watched by JohnQuinn 09 Aug, 2014

    35mm: Pure entertainment from start to finish. Many chuckles were heard throughout as several scenes and characters were clearly lifted out of this and parodied in Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

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