Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Reviews

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April 28, 2015
Universal handled the 'meeting' part of the crossover fairly well, even if it's not too great of a film on its own. Neither monster appears enough, and the characters are too similar to ones we've seen before. Effects are a hit or miss.
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
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
August 4, 2014
Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man is an enjoyable, surprisingly overlooked monster movie. The tone, action, and characters are all in line with the classic Universal pictures, and with that keeps the gothic style that makes these so interesting. Also there's a random musical sequence, those are always cool. That's really all there is to say, go check it out sometime and enjoy one of the best monster sequels.
June 27, 2014
A pure B movie from the 40's with Lon Chaney as the wolf man and Bela Lugosi as the creature... it's far from being one of these top classic from the Hammer era but it's interesting to watch once.
December 29, 2013
The morose Talbot/Chaney's Wolfman battle's Lugosi's Frankenstein Monster (stuntman Eddie Parker). Ilona Massey make's this pleasant to look at inspite of her unique acting talents.
October 26, 2013
Chaney is good, Lugosi is awful, and the film is campy fun.
February 6, 2010
Lon Chaney Jr is amazing. What a great classic horror movie!
½ April 16, 2013
Fans of Universal horror should love this gem of a film!
March 27, 2013
A classic. Alien vs. Predator owes alot to this movie.
February 9, 2013
good movie but falls short.
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.
August 5, 2012
one of the better universal 'mix n match' monster series
Super Reviewer
½ September 15, 2010
Pretty good sequels, not the best, but still worth seeing.
June 17, 2008
Yeah its good but surprise surprise you have to wait till the end for the big fight. Still was enjoyable flick.
Super Reviewer
October 22, 2011
2 greats meet, but not a great or memorable one here in this 40s effort. i just watched the 31 Frankeinstein version and i enjoyed, ive not seen any Wolfman adaption apart from the recent effort. which i enjoyed. here the frankeinstein side of things in terms of German seting come off okay but everything else including The wolfman dont,
March 26, 2009
Before Jason met Freddy...before Godzilla met King Kong...before Alien met Predator...before Harry Met Sally...Frankenstein met the Wolf Man...and oh how I wish he didn't. While the first half hour, which acts as a direct sequel to the Wolf Man, isn't THAT bad...the rest of it involving the ol' monster in his fifth go around is rather badly done. There is little of the monster actually in the film and this movie is really poorly edited. It serves as a bad sequel to the prior Frankenstein films and seems to get a bit confused on the the whole film does. As a whole it is illogical even as werewolves fighting corpses go! Just a dissapointing film...good for an occasional, unintentional laugh but nothing more.
August 13, 2008
Effective first half that works as a worthy sequel to 1941's The Wolf Man. Once Frankenstein gets involved it's not quite as good until the final battle, which is epic beyond proportions.
½ October 5, 2011
The opening scene was great, The Effects on the Wolfman are still good, and the battle between the monster and the wolf man is exciting to watch and how they die in the end is thrilling. But those are the only fun things about this movie.
May 10, 2011
Frankenstein actually felt like an extra in this movie, which was a bit of a shame if I'm honest... I have always considered him Universals top monster! As a whole it was decent but compared to Frankenstein's prior movie efforts and the original Wolf Man, this just doesn't hold a candle to them!
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