Synopsis: Seeking a cure for his werewolf curse, Larry Talbot travels to Ludwig Frankenstein’s castle only to discover it has been burned to the ground and the monster still lives.
Who’s in it? The movie stars Bela Lugosi, Patric Knowles, Ilona Massey and Lon Chaney Jr.
Synopsis: My wife had a Friday night off for a change so my daughter and I invited her to participate in our weekly monster movie night. And, since we recently finished “The Ghost of Frankenstein,” we decided on the film “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.”
I was somewhat excited about this movie because I’m a big fan of Lon Chaney’s Wolf Man character and was curious how his story would intertwine with Frankenstein. However, I have to say I was somewhat disappointed by this film.
There were a couple of reasons for this, the first being the fact that, despite the title, the film really doesn’t have the Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s Monster interacting all that much. It was primarily a Wolf Man sequel that just happened to have Frankenstein’s Monster in the background.
It also didn’t help that my daughter and I were somewhat confused about which Dr. Frankenstein the villagers were referring to, the original or one of his sons. To be honest, it probably shouldn’t have been that hard to figure out since we did see “Ghost of Frankenstein.” However, they had a different actress playing his daughter (Massey instead of Evelyn Ankers) and I think that led to some of the confusion.
Another thing I found I was unimpressed with was Lugosi’s performance as the monster. There were times when he just seemed to be going through the motions and making no real effort to be menacing. Of course, in fairness to him, after “Ghost of Frankenstein,” the creature should have been able to talk and should have been blind. He didn’t have any lines and seemed to be confused about whether or not he was able to see. It was almost as though the writers didn’t even watch the previous film.
Final Opinion: It wasn’t necessarily a bad choice for our monster movie night. However, I think there was a lack of effort overall and, as a result, the movie could have been considerably better.
My Grade: C