• Not Dave Kehr

    Added by Not Dave Kehr

    Basil Rathbone plays the baron's offspring, taking up dad's work where he left off. This 1939 feature, the third in the Universal series, is a strangely literary and leisurely monster movie, laced with amusing gothic doodles by director Rowland V. Lee. With Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lionel Atwill.

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  • GoodBadAndOdd

    ★★★★ Rewatched by GoodBadAndOdd 12 May, 2015

    A fine entry to the Universal Frankenstein franchise, a little let down by some pacing issues and overlong scenes (especially the ones with the annoying kid), but it roars along whenever Lugosi is on screen, and Rathbone and Atwill aren't far behind.

    Has one of the greatest houses in cinema.

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  • Ryan Meyers

    ★★★½ Added by Ryan Meyers

    Victor Frankenstein's son comes home to the castle to find a deformed man, the product of a failed hanging, asking him to revive the monster his father created. This was much better than I expected it to be. Bela Lugosi gives his career-best performance here as Ygor the deformed man. Themes of revenge are strong here and actually play out well instead of cheaply. Basil Rathbone also elevates the material quite a bit. The sets ring true to James Whale's original vision but with a more sinister aura of dread hanging over everything. The film has a very memorable ending too. Fairly good stuff.

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  • PUNQ

    ★★★½ Watched by PUNQ 07 May, 2015

    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…

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  • 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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