Ghost of Frankenstein

1942

Ghost of Frankenstein

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Ygor and Frankenstein's monster flee from Castle Frankenstein, taking refuge in the home of one of the mad scientist's sons. Their attempts at fashioning a more peaceful monster backfire, however, triggering another rampage. This was the fourth Frankenstein film produced by Universal Studios.

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½

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.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

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One of the better universal monster movie sequels. It's got all the good actors, a good story, and it's exciting.

Aj V
Aj V

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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.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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½

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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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