Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ September 15, 2010
Pretty good sequels, not the best, but still worth seeing.
flixsterman
Super Reviewer
January 25, 2009
Enjoyable old Universal Studios sequel with Lon Chaney, Jr. reprising his role as Larry Talbot (aka The Wolf Man). Bela Lugosi is less than spectacular as Frankenstein's monster but that may have more to do with Boris Karloff's absence than Lugosi's presence.
Super Reviewer
March 24, 2008
Fairly mediocre. still, the atmosphere of universal pictures horror classics and two of its greatest monsters face-to-face is what saves it. good to see Lugosi playing the monster he once refused to incarnate.
Super Reviewer
August 12, 2007
A year after The Wolf Man became a huge success, Lon Chaney Jr played the part of Frankenstein in the latest sequel "Ghost of Frankenstein". He was excellent in the role, and from that you can clearly see where the inspiration came from to combine the two strands and have these characters meet each other. Incidentally, Chaney also played a vampire later that year in "Son of Dracula", even though he was completely unsuited to the part, but that makes him the only actor to play all three of Universal's main monsters. Oh, and he also played the Mummy in "The Mummy's Tomb".

Anyway, I digress ... here we have Curt Siodmak, writer of The Wolf Man, returning again as screenwriter. All of the ingredients are there for a great sequel. It opens in Larry Talbot's tomb, with two graverobbers breaking in and disturbing his resting place. The moonlight comes through the window and falls on Larry's corpse, waking him from his slumber as the wolf man. He then gets taken to a hospital where he is deemed insane due to his insistence that he's a werewolf, but promptly escapes in search of the gypsy woman from the original film. She takes him to Frankenstein's town in search of his scientific expertise, and there he encounters Frankenstein's monster encased in ice ... my memory is a little hazy, but wasn't he consumed in fire at the end of the last movie? Ah, well.

It should really have been called "The Wolf Man Meets Frankenstein", because Frankenstein here is only a fairly minor character in the story. Lon Chaney Jr delivers another great performance, at least as good as that in the first film if not better. Of course, he does only have to have one mood to convey here -- desperation. Bela Lugosi, much as I love him, is a terrible Frankenstein. He's the wrong size and shape, and he clearly has no respect for the role. Thank god he doesn't appear for that long. Although having said that, it does kind of make sense that he plays the monster, as the brain of his Igor character was placed in Frankenstein's head at the end of the previous movie. Not that they have much continuity other than that.

The script certainly has it's moments, and the atmosphere of the two worlds of the Wolf Man and Frankenstein blend together fairly well, but on the whole this film just doesn't have enough interesting ideas and far too many dull moments. The set pieces are decent enough, but certainly not as striking as those in the earlier Frankenstein movies. Also, there's a fair bit of decidedly wooden acting from certain cast members, but that's to be expected from most of Universal's horror films.

This sequel is entertaining enough, but it's not half as good as it could have been. It's worth watching if you liked the original.
Super Reviewer
November 12, 2006
Silly an generally bad, but the atmosphere is great.
Super Reviewer
½ November 2, 2014
Two of Universal's biggest monsters collide in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. After discovering that he's immoral Lawrence Talbot journeys to Castle Frankenstein in search of Dr. Frankenstein's notes on creating life, but instead he finds the Monster himself. Lon Chaney, Jr. reprises his role as Talbot and Bela Lugosi taken on the Frankenstein role. The performances are pretty good, and the script does a fairly decent job of resurrecting Talbot and at finding a reason for him to cross paths with Frankenstein. However, there's a little bit of a bait-and-switch going on, as the story's more about discovering Frankenstein's secret journal than the monsters fighting. But the Frankenstein/Wolf Man fight does come, and doesn't disappoint. Fun and entertaining, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man is a well-crafted film that enriches Universal's Monster series.
Super Reviewer
½ March 5, 2007
The opening has much better atmosphere than anything in Lon Chaney Jr.'s first appearance as The Wolf Man. His transformations are improved and you get to see him in action more. He creeps about, pounces, and attacks in better view for the audience this time. So even though things seemed pretty final for Lawrence Talbot last time, Curt Siodmak again doesn't let that stop him from changing the play book as he goes. Talbot evidently cannot die. In this movie he is more sympathetic, since he realizes the murdering monster he becomes, and just wants his life to end. I liked his tormented outburst questioning if eternal life is really something to be desired. I respect him more in this story. And of course the title battle between the two creatures is pretty awesome in a B-movie way.

Ouspenskaya is back as Maleva, the gypsy woman, but the plot gets a bit silly when she and Talbot go seeking Dr. Frankenstein. The angry mob in the generic European mountain town is the worst part of the movie. They are a waste of screen time. By the way, the townspeople mention they set fire to Frankenstein's castle to rid themselves of the doctor and his monster, yet when Talbot falls into some lower chamber of the castle it is covered in snow and the Frankenstein's monster has been preserved in ice! Ridiculous. There is no legitimate explanation for this though I understand this device of having the monsters encased in ice is used again in this movie's sequel. Lugosi takes a stab at filling the makeup and costume of Frankenstein's monster. Karloff's performance is definitive, so Lugosi only succeeds in giving the character a vacuous expression, despite the prequel. Here's a bit of a spoiler- Talbot and Frankenstein's monster are friends through most of the movie. Talbot as a man and the childlike man-made creation are gentle misunderstood beings. Somehow in this fantasy horror world even that is a little hard to fully believe. Anyways, Dr. Frankenstein's daughter and a visiting doctor interested in Dr. Frankenstein's work attempt to help out. After the burning and the freezing or whatever happened to Frankenstein's castle, the laboratory equipment is in amazing working order. All that is left is to drain the energy out of both creatures to stop any more mischief. But no. No. NO! Of course it is too tempting to charge them both up to the max. The fight is brief like the movie on the whole and the run time of the first Wolf Man. And the ending is left open for the monsters to return in numerous sequels.
Super Reviewer
October 21, 2014
The first and best of the monster mash-ups, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man boasts Bela Lugosi in his only turn as the monster made famous by his professional nemesis Boris Karloff. Sporting the best bad B-Movie Frankenstein title until Hammer Studios brought to life Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell in the 70s, the film remains a showcase for the two stars--monsters AND actors. As a direct sequel to The Wolf Man and Ghost of Frankenstein, the results remain dodgy. As a battle royale with cheese, however, the far-from-dusty dust-ups always equal fun.

In this unrated continuation of the Universal franchise, Larry Talbot (Chaney) leaves Britain in search of a cure for the curse that causes him to transform into a werewolf with every full moon, going to the remains of Frankenstein's castle where he hopes to find there the scientific notes of Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein but inadvertently finds his daughter (Ilona Massey) and the monster (Lugosi).

The film puts nearly impossibly tasked screenwriter Curt Siodmak through the nearly impossible paces of pitting two legendary characters together in a somewhat believable manner in an unbelievable world of gods and monsters. His ploy works (add Talbot chips the monster from the ice to the synopsis above), but despite a career that began at Universal with The Invisible Man Returns and continued with Son of Dracula and House of Frankenstein The Wolf Man remains his screenwriting high point.

Bottom line: Fast and Furry-ous
jim222001us
Super Reviewer
September 8, 2007
Larry Talbot, the Wolf Man is back from the dead years later and is looking for a cure. Talbot discovers that Victor Frankenstein can cure him and seeks him out, only to find Frankenstein's creation.

The film isn't as good as Frankenstein or the Wolfman, but it has it's moments. I actually found that it was a better film before the Monster/Frankenstein (Bela Lugosi) was introduced to the plot though. Lugosi was a great Dracula, but his Frankenstein is no Boris Koloff. The film just gets a little silly once he's introduced and his Frankenstin doesn't have the great presence that's Koloff's had.
iLeo
Super Reviewer
½ January 12, 2008
Fantastic!
½ June 20, 2008
I expected this to be a gimmicky, throw-away movie, but the filmmakers actually conceived and produced it as a faithful sequel to the original "The Wolf Man", picking up where that story left off and throwing in the Frankenstein Monster for spice. The ending was very anticlimactic, though.
October 1, 2009
Who cane ver forget the clmatic battle sequence between teh wolfman and frankenstein as the damn collapses and the flood waters rush in! Pulse pounding excitement!
½ March 13, 2009
Another fun movie I used to watch in my youth on the weekends late at night on the old creature features or svengouli shows. Ah memories.
January 29, 2009
The concept is an interesting one. Two monsters, not inherently evil, throw down for this classic Universal monster film. I love this movie. Lon Chaney Jr. is great as Lawrence Talbot. I wish I could say the same for Boris Karloff, but he wasn't in this movie. No, instead Bela Lugosi (Dracula) plays the monster. He does well, but never has the same onscreen presence that Karloff had. I always enjoyed the fact that Lugosi, Chaney, and Karloff juggled their respective roles. At any rate, the set design is good, and the plot couldn't be better. Seeking freedom from his lycanthropy, Talbot searches for Dr. Frankenstein and uncovers his monster umongst the ruins from The Ghost of Frankenstein. A young doctor wanting to help takes it upon himself to rid the world of both monsters. A fine example of classic horror.
August 12, 2008
What was the big deal? It was an average Universal monster fest at best. The cast was basically the best part of the whole movie. Overrated and I don't understand what all the fuss was about. I've seen it done better before.
January 7, 2008
Poor Frank is in this movie for maybe five minutes and he's killed, this is really a wolfman movie with a cameo by Frank.
½ November 23, 2007
this franie wsnt that great-maybe it was cuz lugosi was playing the monster, and lugosi turned down the role as the monster the first time around. still, there was a chance to kill both monsters at the end! just blow up the dam and leave teh electricity machines runnning, and youll have one big electric chair (room, actually)
June 27, 2007
This wasn't quite as good as the usual classic horror films because Karloff no longer played the role of Frankenstein's Monster. In this movie, Bela Lugosi played Frankenstein which was rather unusal. It's so odd at times, my brother and I actually laugh.
½ April 13, 2007
I don't usually like old movies like this one, but its actually really good! Awesome movie! Anything to do with the Wolf Man HAS to be awesome. ^_^
½ December 12, 2006
The first (and still one of the best) monster vs. monster film, with good work from Chaney and Lugosi and a good, cheesy story. A fun film for fans of old horror movies.
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