• Colin Rinehart

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Colin Rinehart 11 Nov, 2015

    I wasn't sure I had seen this until it began and yes, I'd caught it on cable a few years back. Only a slight step down from the previous two entries in the series, but then those are two of the best horror films ever so those are hard shoes to fill. It was the success of re-releasing the original Frankenstein in a double bill with Dracular in fact that led to this film's creation, one which revitalized a declining…


  • Mike P

    ★★★ Watched by Mike P 31 Oct, 2012

    Like father...


  • Andy Lunn

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Andy Lunn 31 Oct, 2015 3

    The original and The Bride are the most revered of the Universal Stein films, but Son is a real cracker, which deserves to be seen if you haven't already; or again if you have.

    Lugosi is the stand out here, giving a performance that is at times creepy, and at others really comedic. Rathbone is solid as the Dr and Karloff's Monster is back as he should be - mute and imposing.

    It's got a good script too, which unlike some movies of this era, is never dull.


  • Joe

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Joe 31 Oct, 2015 4

    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.


  • ander

    ★★★½ Watched by ander 30 Oct, 2015 2

    Rich Gothic textures in the set design and score and lighting, and there's a brain underneath it all too. The way Wolf von Frankenstein rationalizes all this as a vital exploration of the edges of humanity along with the extended focus on medical procedure strikes me as proto-Cronenbergian. Execution is a bit misshapen though: Wolf leaps headfirst into revival a bit too quickly, wife Elsa starts off a believable and sympathetic straight person then drops to the background and quits…


  • John Bayer

    ★★★½ Added by John Bayer

    Decent sequel to the amazing Bride of Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstien's son returns to the family castle despite what the villagers would like and picks up his father's work. Karloff's last time to portray the monster.


  • t-hom

    ★★★½ Watched by t-hom 28 Oct, 2015

    Probably the best of the post-Bride sequels, the third entry in Universal's Frankenstein series shows off both Basil Rathbone as the charismatic (if campy) titular character, and Bela Lugosi in an iconic turn as Ygor. Karloff's final feature film appearance as the monster is just as daring and attractive as his first turn.

    This is where the series starts to wane. Where BRIDE showed the completion of the story, this entry seems to rehash the themes explored previously, and only…


  • MattRisnes

    ★★★★★ Watched by MattRisnes 29 Oct, 2015

    While not possessing the stratospheric artistic highs of its predecessors, Son is in many ways a much more thematically sound and narratively satisfying film. It doesn't have the glorious Dutch angles or the lushly memorable Waxman score of Bride, but it also doesn't have the rushed, nonsensical anticlimax or the preposterous characters with paper thin motivations.

    Everything makes sense in Son and the characters are rich as hell, their relationships with one another hugely satisfying and emotionally affecting. Karloff's anguished…


  • Alexander Båtsvik

    ★★★ Watched by Alexander Båtsvik 29 Oct, 2015

    At times in this film i'm not sure if it's a parody of the first films or totally serious, as much as I liked Basil Rathbone I wasn't sure whether to take him seriously or not. The two best performances in the film are Bela Lugosi's character and the inspector, they make the movie stand out from the rest and makes it a totally new experience. The rest of the cast is somewhat disposable, even Karloff as the monster.



  • Adrian Zachow

    ★★½ Watched by Adrian Zachow 28 Oct, 2015

    I didn't find this as good as it's two predecessors. The story of Frankenstein's son (Basil Rathbone) returning to his father's village only to find contempt from the locals, and Igor (Bela Lugosi) and the monster (Boris Karloff) lurking about in the ruined laboratory has the problem that it takes nearly one hour to see the monster do anything, and the film is exceedingly talky and slow until the final eight minutes. I wasn't sold on the weird production design…


  • Antonio Quintero

    ★★★★ Watched by Antonio Quintero 06 Oct, 2015



    The 3rd movie in the Universal Frankenstein series. This will be the last time that Boris Karloff would play the creature. The true star of this film is Bela Lugosi as Igor. He is the true monster in this movie. He and his broken neck get the best lines in the movie. I love the idea that Igor is using the creature to kill the people he hates.


  • Jayce Fryman

    ★★★½ Watched by Jayce Fryman 12 Oct, 2015

    Hoop-tober Film 10: 2 of 5 Monster

    Well, this wasn't the original or even Bride, but it was still an interesting enough film. The last film for Karloff, and first for Lugosi as Ygor, it still was a pretty good film. Continuing now with another Frankenstein, the titular son, this film unfortunately is the beginning of the end for Frankenstein, due to the Monster slowly losing his sympathy and humanity. This did have some fun scenes, I liked where the inspector gets his arm torn off for a second time. Overall, not the best, but still a film worth seeing.