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on 14 October 2013
A castle bathed in shadows situated over a sulphur pit, a laboratory in ruins, an increasingly demented scientist forever in his father's shadow, a one-armed police inspector, a hunchback with a broken neck and a desire for vengeance on those who broke it, victims with 'burst hearts', a village forever in fog, an angry mob with pitchforks - it can only be a Universal horror film, the last of the 1930's cycle (before a revival in the early 1940's). Basil Rathbone stars as Wolf Frankenstein (he's actually first on the cast list above Boris Karloff) who returns to his castle and finds the monster (Boris Karloff) in a coma. It is then revived but only Ygor (Bela Lugosi) can control it and he uses the monster to assassinate his enemies. Karloff's third and final appearance as the monster, he is much less sympathetic than before which is maybe the reason he decided this would be his last. Originally slated to have been made in colour, test footage suggested it wouldn't work and black and white was used instead. Actually, this was a good thing as Rowland Lee's direction makes clever use of shadows and the fog machine is in overdrive. Excellent performances all round and a special mention goes to 5 year old Donnie Dunagan as Frankenstein's son.
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