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Bela vs Rathbone,
This review is from: Ghost of Frankenstein & Son of Frankenstein [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)Many people are living under the impression that of all the early Frankenstien features, only the original James Whale directed version and his much admired follow up, Bride of Frankenstien, are worthy of the title. This film, the third in the series, is nothing short of a masterpiece. It sees the return of the great Karloff as the monster, and boasts a fantastic turn from Rathbone as the son and heir of Baron von Frankenstien. Though most notably it features Lugosi in one of his most gleefully sadistic and evil roles as the villianous Ygor. A true master of his craft, Lugosi here brings a humour and dazzle to his performance which stands above even that of Karloff as the tortured monster. Magical.
Also of note is the set design, which implies both German expressionism and a kind of comic strip ambience. In today's world of CGI backdrops and underwhelming atmosphere, this film is essential. With its rain drenched exteriors and beautiful interior sets, it's a gift to the eye.
If modern horror seems lacking to you, or you want to know why "they dont make 'em like they used to"...check this one out. You won't be dissapointed.