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The fourth Frankenstein movie from Universal.
on 8 April 2016
Back in the 1980s I replaced most of my collection of 8mm movies with VHS and I have been going through a same process of upgrading to DVD for the last few years. This has given me the excuse to revisit many films that I have not seen for some time.
The film is on of the later (1942) Frankenstein movies from Universal and sadly does not have the same magic as the original trilogy. I first watched it in the early 1950's when staying with a chum during a mid-term break. His father had a tiny private movie theatre in one of the attics and we spent hours watching old 8mm and 16mm movies during a wet spring including old horror films which were still classified as X Rated in the cinemas and well out of the reach of 12 year old boys, that week started my love of old movies and firmly established me as a dedicated collector.
Sir Cedric Hardwicke stars as the younger son of Baron Frankenstein a doctor who owns a asylum for the mentally disturbed, where he is visited by Ygor, assistant to both his father and brother and the newly revived monster. Bela Lugosi is a malevolent Ygor and Lionel Atwill as the evil Dr.Bohmer. Boris Karloff had refused to perform the part of the monster for a fourth time and was replaced by Lon Chaney Jr who had to be threatened with being 'laid off' if he did not take on the role and his lack of enthusiasm is evident in his performance. Very much a lesser jewel in Universal horror crown but never-the-less well worth watching and an essential part of the collection if you are an enthusiast.