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June 8, 2017
One half is Frankenstein and the other half is Wolfman. It's like watching two different movies where the last ten minutes make good on the title. Chaney is at the top of his game. Lugosi isn't bad, but is no Karloff. Not a terrible movie, but not a classic.
May 13, 2017
Best of the 40's Universal monster mashups.
½ February 25, 2017
I've said it once and I'll say it again. What is with movies and false advertising! This movie is called "Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man." There are two things wrong with that title. One: Dr.Frankenstein is dead. They should've called it "The Monster meets The wolf man. Two: this movie is 85% Wolfman. The monster is barley in it. An alternate title for this should've been "The Horribly Long Suicide of Lawrence Talbot." Then I wouldn't of felt as ripped off. Some good things about this movie is the epic finale, The great storyline, and the good acting. Everyone did a great job at there part. Except for Bella Lugosi as The Monster. Now don't get me wrong Bella Lugosi is a great actor. He is just not fit for the role of The Monster. They should've gotten someone else. So besides all the negatives to this movie I was thoroughly entertained.
October 24, 2016
It would've been good, if the 2 monsters fought earlier than the end of the movie!
October 9, 2016
People who review this movie poorly generally review it as if it were made in 2003, not 1943. Universal was at its heyday during this period, and although even as kids we wanted a longer battle at the end, it left the kids begging for more. Done in black and white with the classic scenes of graveyards, castles, and the sadness viewers felt for Chaney's tormented wolfman, it is a classic that every kid was thrilled to see listed as showing on Fri and Sat night spook shows!
May 15, 2016
The most famous example of the 1940's Universal "monster mash", where the filmmakers would put several famous horror monsters in one movie, sometimes resulting in shity movies, but this one I found to be really good and interesting. It's very well made for it's time, but don't expect a big fight between the Monster and The Wolf Man cause that small fight only lasts for about two minutes, the rest of the movie is spent with Lon Chaney trying to find the notes of Dr. Frankenstein. But it's a classic sequel and certainly recommended !!
April 7, 2016
It will scary you out of your mind. See it.
March 4, 2016
This was a very good Monster Horror Film in the day. Also a great performance by both Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr.
February 8, 2016
The plot is interesting, but more should have been done with it. The best part is the fight between the Wolf Man and the Monster.
November 17, 2015
Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) arises from his family crypt with the horrid knowledge that his werewolf curse makes him nigh immortal. Determined to end his string of lupine murders by any means necessary, Talbot desperately searches for the journals of Dr. Frankenstein and (as the title implies) he runs into the doctor's monstrous creation (Bela Lugosi). Lon Chaney Jr. delivers an underrated performance as the tortured Talbot and this movie has a few good scenes, but the formulaic plot sometimes feels like a photocopy of a photocopy. I love the Universal horror movies and therefore I found enough to maintain my interest, but even I'll admit that there isn't much here that isn't done earlier and better in The Wolf Man or the first three Frankenstein movies; neophytes would be better served with one of those films.
November 13, 2015
solid outing like that ending
November 1, 2015
This plays ok as a sequel to The Wolf Man (which it mainly is) but Frankenstein gets thrown into the mix too. Lugosi is pretty poor as the monster (his size doesn't help!) but some of the scenes are nice, even if the story does fizzle out somewhat.
July 23, 2015
Not too bad for a sequel!
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.
½ November 19, 2014
Entertaining cross-over with a great start and a horrible song.
½ November 9, 2014
Sort of entertaining just for the novelty of it all, but its lackluster plot and practically nonexistent scares (or even creepy tone) really drag the film down. Bela Lugosi is absolutely crappy as the Monster, no idea how he landed the role. It starts off as a sort of decent Wolf Man sequel, but once it's plot starts to involve him needing Dr. Frankenstein for some reason, and finding the just sort of loses something...mostly because Lugosi is dreadful. I wish that Chaney would have gotten a few straight Wolf Man sequels, but he ended up trying his hand at each famous Universal Monster, and only appearing as the Wolf Man in Monster Team-up films. Still these films are almost always good fun when October rolls around.
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.
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