Son of Frankenstein (1939)
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as Baron Wolf von Frankenstein
as The Monster
as Inspector Krogh
as Elsa von Frankenstein
as Peter von Frankenstein
as Thomas Benson
as Emil Lang
as Ewald Neumuller
as Frau Neumuller
as Dr. Berger
as Bearded Gendarme
as Gendarme at Gate
as Dr. Berger
Critic Reviews for Son of Frankenstein
Well mounted, nicely directed, and includes cast of capable artists.
A strangely literary and leisurely monster movie, laced with amusing gothic doodles.
The set, shot in a style reminiscent of the German Expressionist classics, is superb.
Basil Rathbone plays the title role in this average horror flick about reviving the creature for a second time.
A surprisingly good effort to extend the narrative of the first two films in a manner both intelligent and likely.
Boasts some stunning set design by Russell Gausman, a good script, and a magnificent cast.
Audience Reviews for Son of Frankenstein
Repeating the sins of the father is an overriding theme in â~Son of Frankensteinâ(TM) and the film doesnâ(TM)t tread lightly around it. Trying to tame and domesticate the inherently feral and wild is a futile enterprise as Wolf Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone) unearths in this rousing, unexpectedly character-driven sequel that doesnâ(TM)t bastardize the films that came before it. Karloff is still an inimitable silent actor since he must gesture and flail to convey the monsterâ(TM)s self-hatred. For example, when the monster is awoken, he stares into the mirror and acts predatory until the tragic revelation that he is looking at his own reflection. However, the film is plundered outright by Bela Lugosiâ(TM)s scenery-chewing as Ygor, Frankensteinâ(TM)s deformed assistant. Lugosi is insidiously creepy and manipulative by using Wolfâ(TM)s scientific curiosity to his revenge agenda. The townspeopleâ(TM)s sudden change-of-heart in the third act is a lazy deus ex machine but otherwise this is a judicious, absorbing rebound for the Universal monster.
In spite of great casting, without James Whale at the helm the overall result is campy and less artful. Not a horrible film but not in the same league as Whale's Frankenstein or Bride of Frankenstein.
This movie has a fantastic cast, an interesting story, and a classic monster, but it could have been a better movie. Still, I enjoyed it mostly.
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