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Fun Universal Horror Monster Mash Up.
on 30 July 2014
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. And was a fresh change to the usual, burning everything in site down ending. Though this does threaten to happen.
So, House of Frankenstein may not be the best of the 6 part franchise, but it is a very good film.