Ghost of Frankenstein Reviews
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+
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.
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