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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Reviews

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October 26, 2013
Chaney is good, Lugosi is awful, and the film is campy fun.
August 19, 2013
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 October 3, 2012
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
April 22, 2012
it was enjoyable not as good as the wolf man or frankenstein but it was good enough to watch and enjoy
Super Reviewer
½ April 14, 2012
Pretty good sequels, not the best, but still worth seeing.
December 28, 2011
Yeah its good but surprise surprise you have to wait till the end for the big fight. Still was enjoyable flick.
½ November 5, 2011
Fun, but not as good as the first "Wolf Man" film. Lon Chaney, Jr. and Maria Ouspenskaya reprise their roles from the first film, but are not given quite the quality of material to work with here. Everything seems much too contrived. Bela Lugosi as the Monster is a bit over-the-top, and the film seems to try relying on its special effects too much, which are minimal at best.
October 30, 2011
A wonderfully campy horror-monster mash-up, with classic Universal horror style and a performance from Chaney that goes above what it necessary for such a bad screenplay.
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,
October 12, 2011
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 facts...as 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.
October 5, 2011
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.
August 29, 2011
I think this is the first cross franchise movie that would be the inspiration for countless bad ideas, culminating lately with Freddy Vs. Jason. It's very one-dimensional and contains terrible acting. Lon Chaney is whiney as hell throughout and Bela Lugosi gets a pretty small role as the monster. This more a sequel to The Wolf Man than Frankenstein.
½ May 13, 2011
Great atmosphere, but silly story
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!
½ March 18, 2011
This maybe not the best of Universal's Monster movies but it's still dame good and fun to watch.
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