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Son of Frankenstein 1939

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4.2 out of 5 stars (61) IMDb 7.2/10

Set 25 years after the explosive death of Frankenstein, this critically acclaimed sequel to the original horror classic stars screen legends Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff.

Starring:
Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Horror
Director Rowland V. Lee
Starring Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff
Supporting actors Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson, Donnie Dunagan, Emma Dunn, Edgar Norton, Perry Ivins, Lawrence Grant, Lionel Belmore, Michael Mark, Caroline Frances Cooke, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Lorimer Johnston, Tom Ricketts, Ed Cassidy, Dwight Frye, Ward Bond, Betty Chay
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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"Son of Frankenstein", was the third and last in the series of horror classics to feature Boris Karloff in his most famous part as Frankenstein's monster. After the classic "Frankenstein", and "Bride of Frankenstein", this film was a fitting farewell to his unforgettable characterisation after which the Frankenstein stories were passed over to Universal's "B" movie department and resulted in lesser quality efforts with other actors playing the monster to less effect.

While the film misses the florid direction of the great James Whale who was responsible for the first two installments in the horror trilogy, "Son of Frankenstein", has much to commend it to the viewer. The story is picked up many years after the death of Dr. Frankenstein and the supposed destruction of his murderous creation. We see his son the sophisticated Baron Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone) arrive with his family to finally claim his inheritance and occupy Castle Frankenstein. There he finds he and his family aliented from the fearful townspeople after their experiences with hi sfather and also under extreme suspicion from local Inspector Krogh (wonderfully played by horror veteran Lionel Atwill) who as a child lost an arm in a savage confrontation with the monster and thus holds a grudge against the house of Frankenstein. Coming into contact with the broken necked peasant shepherd Ygor (played by legendary Bela Lugosi in one of his best performances) who lives in the old laboratory, Frankenstein discovers the sleeping body of the monster who was not destroyed after all.
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While 'Son of Frankenstein' may not be as frightening as the original 'Frankenstein' or as good of an all around movie as 'Bride of Frankenstein' before it, this movie excels in two areas which make it one of the best classic scare-fests ever; production and cast. In terms of production value, this is a very slick and well put together film; in my opinion it is the most visually impressive of the vintage Universal films, with elaborate sets that you can tell involved a lot of detail (and a lot of money!). In terms of the cast, this is easily the best cast of any classic horror film ever made. This is the last of three performances by Boris Karloff as the Monster, and although he is obviously putting on some weight and doesn't seem to be quite as enthusiastic about the whole Monster thing by the time this movie was made, there was still never a better Frankenstein Monster anyhwhere. Ever. Period, end of discussion. Basil Rathbone is a slick, likable actor who does a wonderful job of assuming the 'hero' role as the title character, and puts on a good show as paranoia catches up with him throughout the second half of the film. Bela Lugosi gives what some call his best performance as Ygor the Hunchback; I don't know if I can bring myself to say that Dracula was not his best role, but nonetheless he is wonderfully grimy and creepy and seems to be very much having a blast playing this very out-of-character role.Read more ›
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After watching and loving the original Frankenstein(1931) and Bride of Frankenstein(1935), I had high expectations for Son of Frankenstein. Those expectations were not only met but exceeded. Rathbone was perfect as the Baron Frankenstein, and Legosi was a nice addition as Ygor. This film turned out quite unexpectedly to be my favorite of the 3 Universal Studios Frankenstein movies.
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The third Frankenstein film from Universal studios, Son of Frankenstein (1939) came 4 years after James Whale’s wonderful Bride of Frankenstein, and feels a bit like a combination of a reboot (so much of the previous established mythology is discarded) and a sequel.
The action takes place 20 after the events of Bride. Henry Frankenstein is dead and his son is coming to Bahnhof Frankenstein to claim his inheritance, the estate, castle, title and most importantly his fathers’ diaries and laboratory notes which have been kept by the reluctant and hostile Burgermeister. The new Baron (Basil Rathbone who is better remembered for playing Sherlock Holmes in 15 films), his wife and precociously cute son Peter arrive to less than warm welcome from a village that holds his father responsible for every bad thing that has happened to them over the 2 decades since the monster was killed. Von Frankenstein is anxious to clear his father’s name by continuing his research and showing the world the brilliance of his father’s work. What could possibly go wrong?
Bela Lugosi, legendary for playing Dracula, here plays Ygor, the bumbling assistant whose mistake likely contributed to Frankenstein’s creation becoming a monster, has somehow survived the hanging sentence he received for his part in the original two stories and creeps around the fringes and secret passages of the castle. Lugosi plays him with the menace of a serial killer or child molester, and is the stand out performance in the film. Low and behold the monster, who Ygor explains is indestructible, has survived too. Played again by the great Boris Karloff the monster has been stripped of all his humanity and pathos of the first two films and is now an almost zombie like errand boy for the vengeful Ygor.
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