House of Frankenstein Reviews
In this unrated conclusion of the classic horror series, a mad scientist (Boris Karloff) and demented hunchback (J. Carroll Naish) emulate Dr. Frankenstein's "eternal life" experiments to enact vengeance on the three men (Sig Ruman, Frank Reicher and Michael Mark) responsible for sending him to prison, employing Dracula (John Carradine), the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.), and Frankensteins monster (Glenn Strange) to do so.
Amazingly, this marked Boris Karloff's return to the franchise. Granted, he's relegated to playing a stock mad scientist but he's still in fine form...if only the rest of the movie was. Playing a rather anemic vampire, John Carradine elicits more cries of Eat something! than Watch out! when hes on-screen. Lon Chaney, Jr. gives the Wolf Man another go, coasting through the undemanding role if on auto pilot. Though not the Crown Jewel in Universals horror crown, House of Frankenstein still boasts a few gems, albeit mostly for your funny bone.
Bottom line: House of Cruds