Son of Frankenstein (1939) - 7.5/10
The third installment in the Universal Frankenstein series is a decent entry, but not without its faults. First, the positives: the film sports a great cast, much like the previous two. Seen here are Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson, and of course, Boris Karloff. The castle/laboratory setting is also great, and the overall story plot is quite interesting and certainly worth the telling. Oh, and Bela Lugosi plays a very funny, evil little man, Ygor!
The negatives: This is Boris' third and final performance as the Monster. It's disappointing to see that his range of expression is so limited in this flick in comparison to the previous films. The most interesting scene involving Karloff is when the Monster notices (to his great disgust) his reflection in the laboratory mirror...he is of course very aware of his own hideous aberrations, one of the things which arouses our sympathy for the Monster.
Due to the lessening of activity from Frankenstein's monster (he kills 8 villagers in the film, though nearly all the kills are done off screen or exposed via dialog), there is equally less excitement, IMO.
Personally, the most entertaining scenes in the film for me are with Basil Rathbone (Wolf von Frankenstein) and Lionel Atwill (The Inspector). The scenes with Basil becoming uncontrollably nervous and frantic about his father's revived creation on the loose are pretty fun to watch. The Inspector is just a cool, interesting character.
A few notes: 1) It is admitted in the first scene of the film by Basil that Frankenstein's monster is often mistakenly called, "Frankenstein". It's interesting how even audiences influence what ends up on the screen. 2) Rowland V. Lee directs this one, not Whale. 3) As stated above, this also mark's Karloff's sign off, fearing that the Monster was merely becoming the brunt of jokes.
Not as immensely perfect as Frankenstein (1931) or Bride ('35), but still a decent horror film with a unique story.
The Creature-Meter (Movie Rating Scale/System, for your reference)
10 (A+) 9.5 (A) 9 (A-) 8.5 (B+) 8 (B) 7.5 (B-) 7 (C+)
6.5 (C) 6 (C-) 5.5 (D+) 5 (D) 4.5 (D-)
4, 3, 2 = Fail!
1 = Pitiful, the worst, a disease of a movie, etc., etc.
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