Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man


Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)



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In this fifth film in Universal's "Frankenstein" series, Larry Talbot, alias The Wolf Man, is brought back to the land of the living. The anguished Talbot commiserates with gypsy lady Maria Ouspenskaya, who advises him that the only way he'll stay dead is to confer with Dr. Frankenstein.

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Lon Chaney Jr
as The Wolf Man/Lawrence Talbot
Bela Lugosi
as The Monster
Ilona Massey
as Baroness Elsa Frankenstein
Patric Knowles
as Dr. Frank Mannering
Dennis Hoey
as Inspector Owen
Don Barclay
as Franzec
Rex Evans
as Vazec
Martha Vickers
as Little Girl
Doris Lloyd
as Hospital Nurse
Jeff Corey
as Crypt Keeper
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Critic Reviews for Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

All Critics (12)

Middling Universal horror fodder, at best.

Nov 2, 2014 | Full Review…

As a kid, I enjoyed this movie much more than I do as an adult. ALL those great Universal monsters in a single film. Even Dracula shows up. But, these days, FMWM seems contrived and dull.

Oct 26, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Pretty much the end of Universal's horror line as a home for even the vaguest kind of serious filmmaking.

Oct 29, 2009 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

"The last great Universal Frankenstein movie, despite the overstuffed title."

Sep 27, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

It starts off really well, stalls a little toward the middle, goes bonkers for one really odd musical number, and then derails completely at the end.

Jan 30, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A lot of fun.

Feb 28, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man


Pretty good sequels, not the best, but still worth seeing.

Aj V
Aj V

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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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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