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October 5, 2016
This isn't a bad Frankenstein film. It's just not up to the standards of the previous entries. Lugosi's Ygor is solid. But Chaney fails to deliver in ways Karloff did. Karloff was far more expressive than Chaney is. And our Dr. Frankenstein is nowhere near as compelling or memorable as Colin Clive or Basil Rathbone. Still, it's well paced and competently directed.
April 6, 2016
Warning you may not want to watch this movie alone.
March 7, 2016
'Ghost of Frankenstein' is a classic Horror film. This, film shares some traits of horror sequels; exciting, fun and completely original.
February 8, 2016
Not a prestigious Frankenstein picture.
½ July 22, 2015
Bohmer, you played me a trick! What good is a brain without eyes to see!? Bohmer, what good is a brain without eyes!?
Even though Boris is not the monster anymore, I found Lon Chaney Jr's performance to be.....meh! I love how they changed the rules with Egore from being a murdering psychopath, to a harmless being! All in all, it's a decent sequel! C+
July 7, 2015
Terrible. A real chore to get through. A massive step down from the first three films.
June 6, 2015
Eh. Wasn't very good to say the least. Definitely listen to the users.
April 27, 2015
This third entry is still an alright sequel, but it's starting to get stale. The monster feels different, the plot contains too many rehashes, and it ends the way you'd expect it but with a minor twist.
December 17, 2014
This is the movie where the once-great series drops into the realm of the B picture, but it‚??s a solid little B movie and the last of the Universal Frankensteins that can be taken reasonably seriously. It‚??s agreeable enough, thanks to solid production values, Lugosi‚??s amusingly wicked Ygor, Chaney‚??s interesting take on the Monster, and the terrific Hans J. Salter music. Just don‚??t expect the brilliance of the two James Whale films or the scope of¬†Son of Frankenstein.
½ November 9, 2014
The series loses it right here. Without Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr. takes over the role of the Monster...and he isn't as good at it. The movie makes no sense and just repeats the same storyline from the previous film (some sort of descendent of Henry Frankenstein follows in his footsteps in Monster creation/work). The movie was also not nearly as entertaining to watch as the previous entries. Watch one of the Karloff entries instead.
½ November 3, 2014
A direct sequel to Son of Frankenstein. This film is slighter but still has much to recommend it.
October 22, 2014
This really feels like "Frankenstein's Greatest Hits," less a story in and of itself than a checklist of moments cribbed from previous movies. Lugosi and Chaney Jr. (no match for Karloff, but effective enough in returning the Creature to his child-like, innocent roots) are the only two actors given any real characters to play; the rest are barely distinctive, and the overall look and feel of the movie is just sort of bland.

Worst of all is the unwelcome return of the abnormal brain plot point from the first film through a (non-Colin Clive) cameo of Henry Frankenstein's ghost, seemingly indicating that his experiments would have succeeded had Fritz not been such an idiot. It's a strawman argument given narrative form with the film cheapening its own back story and missing the point entirely. "Ghost of Frankenstein" marks the series' switch from big-budget, star-powered, literary-based drama to B-movie schlock pedaled quick and cheap, and it shows.
Super Reviewer
September 23, 2014
Still ALIVE! despite missing the stylish H'Wood Golden Age DNA that links it with the classic Karloff years, Ghost takes the franchise from A-Level fright-fest to B-Movie fright-fussed with only occasional bolts of energy to keep audiences invested. Picking up right where the last chapter left off and forsaking continuity for combustibility, Part 4 tries completely turning Dr. Frankenstein's once-sympathetic patchwork man into just a one-note rampaging Boogeyman. Fun but far from scary, this series officially became a Ghost of its former self with this, a hulking almost soul-less Golem that's more entertaining for its nostalgia than scares.

In this unrated continuation of the classic horror series, the monster (Lon Chaney, Jr.) and his crazed companion (Bela Lugosi) seek out the other son (Sir Cedric Hardwycke) of Dr. Henry Frankenstein to coerce him into repeating his father's experiment of placing a fresh brain in the head of the monster.

In the shadow of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr. admittedly had impossible shoes to fill but here, he fits the lunk-headed bill. He's certainly capable of a monstrously good turn. This actor, after all, beautifully conveyed the troubled angst of Larry Talbot and his unleashed feral alter-ego in The Wolf Man. Playing second fiddle to Bela Lugosi's nutjob cripple - and ace horn player - Igor, the character could've easily become a simple screen heavy. His interactions with a friendly girl ground the, ahem, drama, which is saying a lot when the drama involves putting Lugosi's brain in Chaney's head. Just like a haunted house, however, there's still fun to be had if you buckle up for the cheap more than honest-to-goodness thrills.

Bottom line: Ghost in a Shell
½ March 20, 2014
no bad a lot of good ideas
December 29, 2013
Lon Chaney Jr steps into the role of the Monster as Lugosi's milder Ygor convinces Atwill to switch brains.
November 15, 2013
Fun, with a nice performance from Bela Lugosi.
October 22, 2013
While not as good as the first three Frankenstein films, it's still an enjoyable monster movie.
June 6, 2013
I liked House of Frankenstein more, this one is more of the same, Lugosi gives a stellar performance as Igor.
February 20, 2013
Ok movie, Lon Chaney does pretty good.
January 16, 2013
this is a step down from the previeous movie, but its still a fun watch. Even though lon chaney jr. isnt a very good Frankenstein (his performance is like a statue, almost emotionless) Lugosi returns as Ygor and its nice to see him before universal completely phased him out.
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