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Boris Karloff's final appearance as the Monster is a fitting farewell before the series descended into self-parody.
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[Bela Lugosi] pretty much steals the movie in his last really juicy role.
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.
Its silliness is deliberate -- a very shrewd silliness, perpetrated by a good director in the best traditions of cinematic horror.
The third instalment of Universal's classic series features Boris Karloff's last fling as the Monster and is a superior shocker all round.
While the film sorely misses the guiding hand of director Whale, it has enough of the old Universal atmosphere to be of interest.
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.
not as good as Young Frankenstein, or the first two, but still a good effort
It's enjoyable, not really memorable, but certainly a cut above what would soon follow.
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.
I saw this once. It is so Amazin to watch the mid 30 Horror Movies with Boris Karloff.
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