Son of Frankenstein Reviews
Compelling third entry is a thoroughly exciting movie, where monster is given a new purpose: to go out and kill by the orders of his new master Ygor (Bela Lugosi). A little talky, but atmospheric and impressive, with awesome sets, and a great climax.
The Creature here basically fulfills the function of a killer robot, without speech once again, and is only given the briefest of moments to show any genuine emotion or character (which, unsurprisingly, Karloff absolutely nails). Rathbone makes for an effective, if unspectacular, white-bread hero, but he has no real arc to speak of and his ultimate function in the story is more about fancy stunts and exciting visuals than endowing such moments with any sort of catharsis or meaning for his character or the story as a whole.
In this unrated continuation of the classic horror series, an outcast hunchback (Bela Lugosi) persuades the reviled son (Basil Rathbone) of Dr. Henry Frankenstein to revive the hideous monster (Boris Karloff)--one to prove the father right and the other to exact revenge on the city fathers who'd tried to execute him.
Basil Rathbone turns the scenery into an absolute buffet, screenwriter Willis Cooper over-complicates the monstrous resurrection with a revenge sub-plot, and Bela Lugosis gleefully insane Igor somehow steals the show from Karloff in his last turn as the monster. Still, directors Michael Gordon and Rowland V. Lee employ a great deal of noirish Art Deco-inspired style that sets a tone both ominous and eye-catching.
Bottom line: The Son Also Surprises