• dbgirl

    ★★★½ Watched by dbgirl 06 Feb, 2016

    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…

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  • Isaac Thompson

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Isaac Thompson 12 Dec, 2015

    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…

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  • Dustin Riccio

    ★★★ Watched by Dustin Riccio 05 Dec, 2015

    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…

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  • 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…

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  • Pek Mi

    ★★★ Watched by Pek Mi 31 Oct, 2012

    Like father...

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

    The…

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