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House Of Frankenstein [DVD] [1944]

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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Lon Cheney
  • Directors: Erle C Kenton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016586R2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,924 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic horror starring Boris Karloff. When Dr. Niemann (Karloff) escapes from the mental asylum in which he is being held, he awakens Count Dracula (John Carradine), the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) and the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange) as he looks to gain revenge on his many enemies.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Decker on 30 July 2014
Format: DVD
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House of Frankenstein which would be the last official Universal film to bear the Frankenstein title if you don't count the Abbot and Costello movie is a great film, worthy of ending the series.

We get 3 monsters and two historic characters. Frankenstein monster, Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mad Scientist and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Boris Karloff returns though not as the monster but as the mad scientist. He may be going through the motions, but he was such a terrific actor and it shows here. In every scene he commands our attention and does not smile once.

The film is odd in the fact that for half of the movie we deal with the character of Dracula, then a quarter of an hour is taken up by The Wolfman and only in the final ten minutes do we get to see the Frankenstein monster! The monster is played by Gregg Strange, and he does a decent job, I would imagine that Karloff would have given him some pointers. Lon Chaney Jr is here once again as The Wolfman, and Dracula is played very cagely by John Carradine.

The weakest aspect of the movie is the script- which isn't too strong. But the film rolls along nicely and is fast paced. It squeezes so much into its 70 minutes, that it is hard to be disappointed by the sheer enthusiasm of the movie.

This review does contain a spoiler, which I don't usually do, but felt apt to do for this such film. The climax of the movie. I thought this was a master stroke. Having the mad scientist (Karloff) sinking into the muddy quicksand hand in hand with the monster, was quite superb. Especially given that Karloff played the monster in the franchise's most famous and greatest of Frankenstein films the original 1931 classic. It just seemed the right way to end the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FJY on 16 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film was first released in 1944 and was the second of the Universal "monster mash-ups". It is notable for returning Boris Karloff to a starring role in a Universal horror film and he is one of the true stars of this film. It features Dracula, the Wolfman and the Frankenstein monster in various stages of the film and Karloff plays a mad scientist-type character. He even has a hunchbacked assistant, which completes the monster line-up! Karloff was obviously too old to play the Frankenstein monster by now, so that part went to Glenn Strange. I found this film to be enjoyable and quite entertaining, but not nearly as memorable as the studio's earlier releases. I still prefer Carradine's Dracula to the one played by Lon Chaney Jr. in the earlier Son Of Dracula. Overall, this is good, but it was the start of Universal's decline and a sign of the terrible films to come from them in this era. I give this film three stars, because it is enjoyable but flawed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sean cutter on 20 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
Ok so this is one of those films that I like many others was introduced to when BBC ran those wonderful summer double bills of horror movies. I've started re-visiting the Universal horror films and this one stands the test of time and cynicism of age and more contemporary horror. I like this one - dripping in spooky hokum and atmosphere. The Dracula piece is done and dusted in the first half (the chase is almost like a western) and I still love the re-usable stake (!). I'm not going to make any pretentious comments about the plot or why Universal decided to drop all 3 of its wonderful monsters into the one film because this is a fantasy horror movie and its great to have all 3 of the creatures running amok. Nice clear picture on the dvd, the actors Boris Karloff, John Carradine and Lon Chaney jnr are on good form and the classic elements are all in place - gloomy sets, thunder and lightning, hunchback and operating tables. Bliss.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
When I was at school, Friday late night classic horror movies on the TV were compulsory viewing for me and my friends.

Some of them were obviously classics, with strikingly expressionistic visuals, but the main appeal then (and, indeed, now) was the camp tackiness of most of them; the ham acting, the cardboard sets and the stagy dialogue; in particular, I loved the fact that the same actors would appear in the films...the council members and medical rivals of the mad scientists who had been disposed of in earlier films would reappear to be bumped off a second (or third) time!

This film represents both the best and worst of the genre. Cobbling together the plot must have taken all of five minutes, with a further five to write the script. All your favourites are here (Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula, the Wolfman, the mad scientist, the hunchback, the police-chief) and when you watch the film, it seems as seems as if it has been put together from two separate short films, with Boris Karloff's deranged Dr. Niemann the only link between the two.

The dialogue is clunky, the performances hammy and the sets are comically unconvincing. But did I enjoy it? Of course I did! The film's not to be taken seriously, of course, and if you approach it in the right way, it's a hoot from beginning to end. (It runs for little more than an hour, incidentally)

My main pleasure came from the cast, charismatic and idiosyncratic performers all. Karloff is in his element as the demented scientist and while Glenn Strange offers a mere pale imitation of Karloff's portrayal of the Monster, J. Carrol Naish makes something genuinely touching of the hunch-backed assistant, even if the character is not as well-developed as Bela Lugosi's Ygor in the earlier films.
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