Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
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The fourth film in the Universal Studios Frankenstein series, this movie finds Igor and Frankenstein's monster fleeing Castle Frankenstein for the home of the second of Frankenstein's sons. Once there, Igor and Frankenstein plan an operation to subdue the monster, but a mix-up sends the creature on a bloody spree.
as The Monster
as Ludwig Frankenstein
as Elsa Frankenstein
as Dr. Bohmer
as Dr. Kettering
as Chief constable
as Village Man
as Mayor's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Ghost of Frankenstein
While it doesn't stand up to its predecessors, The Ghost of Frankenstein boasts an enjoyable cast and good production values.
It gets the job done with admirable efficiency, no excess of imagination, and all in a compact 67-minute frame, and you really wouldn't want it to be any longer than that.
The thought that he may yet return for further adventures with his body and Lugosi's sconce fills us with mortal terror. That is the most fearful prospect which the picture manages to convey.
There are various nice touches that keep this film from straying too far over the line between campy and ridiculous.
All those Universal monsters in one flick; horrors!
Where the once-great series drops into the realm of B picture, but it's a solid B movie and the last of the Universal Frankensteins that can be taken reasonably seriously.
Audience Reviews for Ghost of Frankenstein
Despite the short running time (which was commonplace during that time period), 'Ghost of Frankenstein' is a rather ambitious installment in the venerable franchise. Instead of a story about the revitalization of dead tissue, the plot is more sinister and conniving with Igor hoodwinking the estranged son of Dr. Frankenstein to transplant his brain in the monster's brawny body. Lugosi is still gruffly despicable as Igor whose allegiance to the monster finally devolves into a highly manipulative relationship where he rescues the monster from being lynched by a village mob only to preserve his body for his ulterior motives. The sets are impeccably gothic and the pyrotechnic demolition of the mansion at the beginning is an explosive hook. Overall, 'Ghost of Frankenstein' is a sterling example of Universal's carte blanche with Mary Shelley's classic novel.More
One of the better universal monster movie sequels. It's got all the good actors, a good story, and it's exciting.More
I don't remember much about it, to be honest, so I guess that's not saying much. I'm sure it has its moments.More
The fourth of Universal's classic Frankenstein films, Ghost of Frankenstein is notable for several reasons.
First, it was the first Universal film to feature a non-Karloff monster. It seems Boris was doing well in a Broadway production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" and the studio thought that waiting a year for Mr. Karloff to complete his stage obligations was far too long. Instead they cast the talented Lon Chaney, Jr. who was fresh off his stellar performance as a hairy lycanthrope in The Wolf Man just the year before.
Ghost also marks the last time Universal's bankable green giant would appear in a solo performance. In later incarnations Frankie would share the stage with a werewolf [Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, 1943], a werewolf and Dracula [House of Frankenstein, 1944] and a werewolf, Dracula and a Jekyll & Hyde-ish character [House of Dracula, 1945].
It could also be said that this 1942 production ushered in the 'New Universal', a departure from horror as an art form and an introduction of the streamlined, assembly-line film making that demanded smaller budgets and shorter shooting schedules in order to maximize a film's profitability.
Ghost of Frankenstein is ultimately unimaginative. It borrows heavily from it's predecessors. So much so that you'll swear you've seen this film before, even if you haven't. Thus, it shares the traits of most horror sequels; exciting, fun and completely unoriginal.
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