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House of Frankenstein Reviews

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½ October 9, 2016
One of my favorite horror flicks....enjoying it ....This month of October honoring Halloween.
October 8, 2016
Harmless fun. Chaney is at the top of his game and Karloff plays the evil scientist part with gusto. That being said, Dracula is shoehorned in for about ten minutes and is completely forgotten afterwards. It would've been nice to see the big three monsters onscreen together, but they are instead dealt with in individual sequences. While entertaining, it doesn't live up to previous entries in the Frankenstein series.
April 7, 2016
A masterpiece in terror
½ March 20, 2016
This Universal horror mash up is better than you might think. It's played dead straight and each monster has its own story within the overall plot. Great atmosphere and superb performances and a fitting end to the Universal monsters... or was it (see House of Dracula)!
½ March 9, 2016
House of Frankenstein is done very well. Actors that played monster (Glenn Strange), Dracula (John Carradine) the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.), and mad scientist Boris Karloff. J. Carrol Naish hunchback Daniels.and demented hunchback J. Carroll Naish. John Carradine is not as good Bela Lugosi s Dracula. Other then that would of been 5 stars..
February 8, 2016
Much more low class than the other Frankenstein films and while Karloff does fantastic as always, the film should have been better for one that puts all of the classic monsters (minus the Mummy) in one picture.
November 21, 2015
A vindictive scientist (Boris Karloff) breaks out of prison and plans to enact vengeance by resurrecting the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange). Poor old Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) gets roped into the scheme and there's even a pointless cameo by Dracula (a horribly miscast John Carradine). Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman was a sign that the Universal monster movies had gone back to well a few times too many, but that movie was a hit and I guess the producers assumed that throwing more monsters into the mix was a recipe for success. House of Frankenstein has that sense of atmosphere that these movies are known for, but it suffers from choppy editing, a weirdly-abrupt ending, and an utter lack of fresh ideas. This may be the most disposable sequel in the Universal horror roster.
September 25, 2015
A solid final entry in the Universal Frankenstein series, House of Frankenstein is a crossover film that brings together the creature, the Wolf Man, and Dracula in its gothic tale of individuals who remain trapped by their conditions or past. A surprisingly effective--if at times silly--film that has fun with all of its different tragic characters.
August 10, 2015
one of the best horror movies ever
July 22, 2015
How many more recycled scenes did we have to see in this rushed monster mash!? I could see some potential, but could never top the first, and best film! D+
June 6, 2015
Ok, a fifth? Did we need it? No. Was it good? A little.
½ April 30, 2015
A fun monster-mash, but far from great. it starts off interesting enough but eventually treads over the same material all over again. The characters aren't too bad, but the monsters do end up feeling underplayed. The cliches are starting to become more apparent with this one.
½ November 9, 2014
These monster collection showcases aren't nearly as fun as you'd like. They have little plot, and while the fun showcase part of it is having the monsters meet each other, only Lon Chaney, Jr. actually reprises his role as the Wolf Man. What is fun about seeing someone other than Lugosi be Dracula and someone else be Frankenstein's monster? Granted Glenn Strange is a much better Monster than Lugosi had been in. I can also give a little credit that Karloff is in the movie as a mad scientist, which is something...even if he was done putting on the bolts. The Dracula bits are completely random in the first half, then he is completely missing as the plot shifts into a sequel to "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man"...weird. The movie may be fun when that time of year is upon us, but there are several better Universal Classics to pop in in lieu of this.
½ October 22, 2014
"House of Frankenstein" is a huge disappointment because it doesn't even deliver on its own premise by allowing the various monsters-- Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Creature-- to meet. That's ridiculous! But to be fair, taken for what it is and not what we all wanted it to be, it's decent enough. The pacing is choppy, feeling like several short films stitched together with Dr. Niemann's quest for revenge as the connective tissue. It continues the trend of the previous films as pulpy horror devoid of subtext, but at the very least Boris Karloff's turn as the evil Doctor is a delight (and, unsurprisingly, lightyears beyond any other actor in the film). Fun but forgettable.
½ October 5, 2014
The Universal monster series still on cruise control, a rewarding entry due to Boris Karloff's involvement. Family Halloween fun much more rewarding than today's gorefests.
Super Reviewer
½ September 29, 2014
Completely composed of dead body parts at this juncture of the Frankenstein series, Universal's ultimate Monster Mash-Up somehow feels more ho hum than haunting when it pits Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolf Man in a lackluster Battle Royale with Cheese. More lifeless than the Mummy (who can count himself as the smartest monster for sitting this episode out), the story goes to ridiculously laughable lengths to bring together the now-legendary monsters...only the stock scares and characters no longer boast any electricity, only occasional snickers. This monster rally fails to capitalize on the promise of the over-the-top premise, never giving moviegoers one giant dust-up. Instead, the once classic characters get reduced to plot devices setting in motion a corny revenge tale.

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
½ March 24, 2014
I liked better then expected
December 29, 2013
Is Baron Latos drinking wine, Dracula never drinks wine... Doesn't he know it will shorten his stake pinned skeleton? A large gypsy girl understands Chaney torment enough to dispatch him. and GLENN STRANGE becomes the largest actor to wear electrodes as he easily puts Naish through a window.
½ October 27, 2013
All-star Universal monster mash; highly entertaining.
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