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on 6 September 2008
Staying up late in the late 70's and early 80's, I fell in love with the classic Universal Monster movies and have desired to purchase them all again for sentimental reasons. After managing to acquire a few - the rest were contained in a 'Monster Legacy' box set way too expensive on region 2 format, I was pleasantly surprised to discover on my browsing in Amazon that Universal have released them as single volume purchases.
For me the sequals were what I remember fondly. And they were always the ones hard to get hold of.
Frankenstein meets the Wolfman is the usual Universal fare. Larry Talbot - AKA the wolfman - is awoken from his grave by graverobbers and after a killing spree finds himself in a hospital in Cardiff - yes Cardiff! I had to skip back to make sure I'd not misheard or drunk too much real ale myself - and trys to convince doctors that he is a murdering wolf by moonlight and is seeking a cure. Classic Lon Chaneys pleading cries of 'Can you help me? Oh please say you can.' just add to the dark gothic humour of the film.
He escapes the hospital and makes it across the water to eastern europe where he discovers the frozen Frankenstein monster, played by Bela Lugosi - and cast totally wrongly in the role, I'm afaid to say. Nonetheless, Talbot trys to get the monster to find the late doctors notes which may cure him without success, and it is only a meeting with Baroness Frankenstein which secures them.
After Talbots doctor at the hospital in Cardiff tracks him down and gets obsessed - what a surprise! - with doctor Frankensteins creation, his focus turns to the monster becoming stronger with no thought for poor Larry Talbots dilema at all.
It all turns nasty, the monsters apparently die and the villagers are happy that yet another mad doctor is no more.
If you like Universal Monster movies, then purchase the movie for the sake of owning it. Theres nothing cerebral about it, it's done on a budget,the casting of Bela Lugosi as the monster is awful, the plot is flimsy, but it's full of gothic charm, moody villagers, fantastic 1940's style, filmed in black and white and is just somehow charming!
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on 27 November 2009
A most enjoyable film from the early Frankenstein series. The Wolfman's body is discovered by grave-diggers and comes back to life. He wishes to be rid of his curse and meets up with an old gipsy woman. She tells him of Dr. Frankenstein who perished some time previously. It is believed that Frankenstein's notes were kept somewhere in his castle; so the Wolfman and the gipsy, journey there together. They discover the monster and employ the expertise of another Frankenstein member who agrees to help, but the local villages are not happy ... the special effects are quite good in this film and it is well worth watching to find out what happens :o]
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The legendary Bela Lugosi, originally slated to play the Monster in James Whale's original, finally takes the role in this classic Universal Horror film. Lugosi imbues the monster with a deeply human sense of isolation, loss and suspicion. Far more eerie and horrifying than the Ghost of Frankenstein, this title also features Lon Chaney as the Wolfman. Well worth buying - a genuine classic.
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on 26 February 2007
bela lugosi was right to refuse the part of the frankenstein creature as his hungarian accent would have been unsuitable. it's no surprise that his dialogue was removed from "frankenstein meets the wolfman" film. he just hasn't got what it takes to be believable.

lon chaney jnr. is simply going through the motions as larry talbot/the wolfman, but plays it quite well.

i really wish dennis hoey was in the film more, as he is one of the more interesting people to be seen. the fact that he looks as though he had wondered from a film set of "sherlock holmes" to this one doesn't matter(note that the clothes he wears are a spitting image of inspector lestrade).

the film has plenty of pace and i like it that lionel atwill and dwight frye appear.

however, the squaring up of the two monsters at the end is too brief.
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on 17 October 2010
Lawrence Talbot is accidently ressurected by two graverobbers who break into the Talbot family crypt looking for valuables. When they remove the silver ring that keeps him a prisoner, Talbot comes to life and wakes up in Cardiff, unable to recall how he got there. Taken to hospital to recover from a head wound, Talbot is soon transforming again when the moon turns full. Desperate for a cure for his curse, Talbot travels to Europe, where he ends up at the deceased Ludwig Frankenstein's castle, burnt to the ground years earlier. However, it seems that there was a survivor from the fire, as Talbot finds when he falls into the ruins of the crypt. The Frankenstein monster is reborn!
Following on from the lacklustre 'The Ghost Of Frankenstein', this is a far better film. In fact, it's a bit of a minor triumph. Carrying on the story of the cursed Lawrence Stewart Talbot, it would have worked just as well as a sequel to 'The Wolfman', as the late appearance of the Frankenstein monster, here played by Bela Lugosi, adds nothing to the story, and was clearly just a gimminck to entice audiences. Lon Chaney Jnr is once again tremendous as the tragic Talbot, a role he was born to play, part of the time hidden under Jack Pierce's great werewolf make-up. On the other hand, Lugosi brings little to the role of the Monster, though to be fair his remit is simply to stagger around smashing up the scenery. It's also nice to see Dennis Hoey, Inspector Lestrade in so many Sherlock Holmes films, appearing as a Police Inspector. This is a very atmospheric film, only dissapointing really in its rather silly climax. Universal, not realising that sometimes less is more, followed this film up with 'House Of Frankenstein' and 'House Of Dracula' two films that upped the monster quotient, but not the quality of the films.
Great fun, one of my favourite Universal horrors. 5 out of 5
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 October 2015
In an effort to revitalise their monster franchise at the box offices, Universal hit on the idea of of featuring more than one monster in a movie. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man was to be the first of many such ventures.

Lon Chaney Jr is back as Larry Talbot/The Wolf Man, who after being awoken by unsuspecting grave robbers, is once again tortured by his curse and desperately wants an end to his misery. Seeking out the Gypsy woman Maleva (Maria Ouspenskaya), the pair of them head off to find Dr. Frankenstein in the hope of finding a solution. He's dead, though, but there's another scientist on hand for help and as the villagers once again take unkindly to someone rekindling old nightmares, while the Frankenstein Monster (Bela Lugosi) is found preserved in ice...

It's in effect a sequel to both The Wolf Man and The Ghost of Frankenstein, though as would become the norm, Monster Frank is a bit part player in a film bearing his name. The film is delightfully brisk and with Chaney doing good work as the tortured Talbot - with the relationship between Maleva and himself quite touching - the story carries emotional weight. However, Lugosi doesn't look right for the role of the monster, Patrick Knowles' switcharoo to a mad scientist is ill thought out, while the big smack down finale is sadly all too brief.

Nobody in the film, except maybe Chaney, was done any favours in the editing and writing rooms, but it's still a whole bunch of fun for fans of the Universal Monsters series. 6/10
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Back in the 1980s I replaced most of my collection of 8mm movies with VHS and now I am going through a same process of upgrading everything to DVD. This also gives me the excuse to revisit films which I have not seen for some time.

FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN was sequel to `The Wolfman' and was the fifth in the Frankenstein follow on films picking up where `The Ghost of Frankenstein' left off. The role of Larry Talbot (The Wolf Man) is reprised by Lon Chaney Jr.; who is accidentally resurrected by grave robbers and goes in search of a cure for his lycanthropic infliction and seeks aid from Dr. Mannering, Patric Knowles, and together they go in search of the ruined castle of Dr Frankenstein where Knowles intends to bring Frankenstein's monster back to life. For this outing Universal Studios cast Bela Lugosi as the monster, the part that he had famously turned down in 1931. It had been intended that the monster was to have dialogue in the movie but after the first rushes Lugosi's voice was cut from the sound track as the actor's Hungarian accent did not fit the character of the monster already personified by Karloff's 1931 performance. Lon Chaney Jr. plays his part well, a tormented Talbot and an energetic and menacing werewolf, but Lugosi's almost brief appearance does not have the same appeal as Boris Karloff's performance. The supporting cast are all Universal contract players including Dwight Fry and Lionel Atwill, both veterans of earlier Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolf Man movies.

One must always view the Universal monster-horror movies of the 1930's and 1940 in the context of their era; they are absolute classic movies with a charm and atmosphere which is completely different to any films of the genre which came later, which I have found over the years can be watched time and time again. I guess they are in the category of either you love `em or hate `em but either way they are pure entertainment. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man is perhaps not the best Universal offering, maybe because the title preceded the screen play; screenwriter Siodmak tells the story that he had joked to producer George Waggner over lunch that he had a great title for a new film as he need the cash for a new car, "Frankenstein Wolfs The Meatman" . Waggner, not known for a his sense of humor, later called Siodmak to his office, telling him to "Change the title to Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman -- and go ahead, buy the car." But it is still an enjoyable viewing experience and for me is a necessary and welcome part of my collection.
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on 15 June 2014
I would have been sniffy about this a few years ago (having loved it as a kid in the late 60s). I was busy discovering the likes of Val Lewton and Mario Bava then, you see. The trick, I find, is to differentiate between the artier films (e.g. 'Bride Of Frankenstein', 'The Invisible Man', 'Freaks', the Karloff 'Mummy') and the thrillers (perhaps beginning with 'Son Of Frankenstein'). This movie - like the Tom Tyler/Lon Chaney 'Mummy' offerings is good late Friday/Saturday night popcorn fare; to be enjoyed as such, right?
I rather like Lugosi as the Monster. There's a very creepy scene towards the end, when he's revived. Trouble was, of course, no-one ever captured the pathos Karloff brought to the role - how could they?

Take it for what it is: no masterpiece, but a damn sight better than anything John Carpenter turned out.
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on 30 April 2016
Without any doubt this is the best of the universal wolfman films. The opening has never been bettered in my view. Really creepy. Also unlike the classic wolfman from 1941 the transformation of Lon chaney Jr from man to wolf,the camera is on his face. Excellent. A word must also go to bela lugsio as frankenstein monster,also from the top draw. Quality wise the dvd is good. The movie does what it says on the tin. Unmissable 1940s fun from the top US film company. Don't miss out.
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on 12 July 2015
Lon Chaney, brought back to life. A full moon rises, people are murdered. Ending in hospital the doctor wants to help him. He seeks the help of an elderly gipsy he once knew. She takes him to the Frankeinstein destroyed Castle. The monster his bought back to life. Bela Lugosi playing the Frankeinstein monster in this film instead of Boris Karloff. Interesting production. Good short horror and suspence at its best.
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