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Son of Frankenstein Reviews

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½ June 3, 2017
Ygor was Lugosi's best role ever!
½ May 15, 2017
Completely bonkers sequel to the original James Whale classic. The most striking elements are its Expressionist production design and lighting, and the almost comic tone - very obviously the major influence on Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. Basil Rathbone declaims every line as if subtlety is a waste of time, Bela Lugosi seems to have borrowed the Wolfman's make-up, and it's once again left to Boris Karloff to supply the humanity and vulnerability. Good fun.
½ October 27, 2016
There's a crookedness about this movie. Rathbone went evil too quickly and without reason enough. That adversely affects the drama of the story. Would have been nice to see more of a plotted vengeance on Ygor's part. Rathbone's performance is good, but the dialogue is unnecessarily over-dramatic at times. Otherwise, better than Bride. The ending was legit scary. It was a nice way to tie it up.
October 15, 2016
This was kinda boring.
October 7, 2016
Good, but not great. Some great sets, music, and of course Karloff and Lugosi.
½ October 5, 2016
This film falls just short of the previous two, but is incredibly well made in its own right. Having The Monster return to his silent version is a smart move, and Karloff doesn't disappoint. Also fun is Lugosi's sleazebag Ygor, who can't help but brag about surviving a hanging. This is a very good entry in the series, that at times borders on excellent.
October 1, 2016
Probably my favorite of the Frankenstein sequels. This movie was creepy, and epic with a creepy igor, and exellent acting I loved this sequel.
½ July 20, 2016
Pretty boring flogging of a dead horse. It couldn't keep my attention after 30 minutes or so.
½ March 4, 2016
In my opinion the best of all the Frankenstein horror films. Basil Rathbone, Josephine Hutchinson, Boris Karloff, Lionel Atwill and Bela Lugosi were all very good.
½ February 8, 2016
Inferior to Karloff's first two ventures as the Monster and a little too fantastic, but way better than most of the Universal horror films that came out during the second cycle.
December 4, 2015
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.
September 21, 2015
Still featuring a distinctive aesthetic clearly derived from German Expressionism, Son of Frankenstein continues to create classic Gothic horror in the manner of its two Universal predecessors (Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein). The last of the films to feature Karloff as the monster, Son of Frankenstein manages to create another classic instance of Gothic horror by following the son of Frankenstein (played by Basil Rathbone) to his father's hometown. Creepy, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly entertaining, Son of Frankenstein ranks as one of the great Universal sequels.
½ June 6, 2015
Not as good as the first two, but still a good edition to the Frankenstein franchise.
½ April 26, 2015
A solid sequel for the most part. It's longer and slower paced than the previous installments, but the characters are still just as interesting and the performances are a delight. It doesn't hit all of the marks, but the film manages to be entertaining enough to sit through.
February 22, 2015
The best of the best. Guaranteed to entertain. Best ever performance by Bela Lugosi. A nervous Basil Rathbone shows what an actor can do. Lionel Atwill is always a guaranteed win. The best.
½ November 9, 2014
This third entry in the Frankenstein series has the style of Bride of Frankenstein with the more serious horror tone of the original. I kinda liked it, even if it wasn't as solid. Rathbone is great, and the film features the creation of Ygor as played by Bela Lugosi (the guy in the previous two films was NOT Ygor), and features the final appearance of Boris Karloff as the Monster. If you are a Universal Monster movie fan, especially of the Frankenstein series, then you will most likely like this as I did. It also features more influence on the fantastic "Young Frankenstein" than I previously knew about.
November 3, 2014
Fantastic third Frankenstein movie with Bela Lugosi stealing the show.
½ October 22, 2014
"Son of Frankenstein" certainly looks great and boasts a wickedly fun turn from Bela Lugosi as Ygor, but it's hard not to see it as a serious step down from the two previous films. It's all big and bold with distinctly sci-fi-adventure feel rather than horror, but it's lacking in depth or nuance, especially as Karloff is reduced to a supporting role in his own movie (and not a very interesting one, either).

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.
Super Reviewer
½ September 22, 2014
Going off book for a straight up creature feature, this overlong and often lead-footed sequel boasts enough style and scares to give Karloff a proper and monstrous send-off. Out with pathos, in with the self-parody. Perhaps, of all of the Frankenstein films, Son gets taken least seriously in the shadow of Mel Brooks's hilarious, spot-on, send-up Young Frankenstein. Granted, the master parodist borrows most from this second sequel. Still, between the lead-footed plotting and arch performances, the film's ripe for the nit pickings. Regardless, unlike the increasingly laughable chapters that followed, the narrative feels like a worthy continuation of the first two cinematic masterpieces.

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
May 26, 2014
the last respectable Frankenstein movie
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