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The Ghost of Frankenstein The monster lives! Again! Picking up where Son of Frankenstein left off, Bela Lugosi's gnarled Ygor survives yet another rampage by angry, torch-carrying villagers and frees the monster (The Wolf Man himself, Lon Chaney Jr., taking over from Boris Karloff) from his sulfur grave. The latest cinematic Frankenstein scion, brain surgeon Ludwig (Cedric Hardwicke), wants to dissect the creature, but the ghost of his father convinces him to save it by giving it a new, "good" brain. Ygor has his own devious plan and enlists Ludwig's shady assistant (Lionel Atwill) in a brain-switching scheme.
Ably directed by the pedestrian Erle C. Kenton, The Ghost of Frankenstein gives up the gothic mood and moral quandaries of the original films for the busy, action-packed plots that defined Universal horror films of the 1940s. The human characters are all rather dull (except for Lugosi's animated, eye-rolling performance), and Chaney has none of Karloff's pathos or subtlety under the make-up, but the film opens with a spectacular bang as the villagers dynamite the castle, and skips from one inspired scene to another. The monster rejuvenates himself during an electrical storm with a jolt of lightning, mutely undergoes a courtroom cross-examination (by a ridiculously intent Ralph Bellamy), and finally goes on a blind rampage in the fiery climax. Frankenstein's monster returns (this time with Lugosi as the creature) in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. --Sean Axmaker
This Universal double feature is just about as good as it gets. Pristine pre-print material. These might have been made from original camera negatives and they are beautiful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R Peterson
Don't worry, I'm a doctor.
There's nothing quite like following in your father's footsteps, especially when he was a demented mad scientist responsible for creating the... Read more
The Ghost of Frankenstein is a mixed blessing, with Lon Chaney Jr. venturing forth as the Frankenstein monster, and doing a good job, but stepping into the oversized shoes of Boris... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bob Hardy
Universal monsters are the best. Big fan of the classics. Love, black and white movies.Published 6 months ago by zombie1