Son of Frankenstein (1939)
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Bela Lugosi's performance is masterful.
In Son of Frankenstein, Henry's son Wolf takes ownership of his father's barony and in due course, resurrects the dormant creature, played for the last time by Boris Karloff. But the real monster is Bela Lugosi's Ygor, now more deformed than ever, and seemingly protective of the Monster, though in reality he is its new master. Lugosi makes the character defiantly jolly, and a villain in his own right. Basil Rathbone as Frankenstein Jr. gets more and more discombobulated as the pacey story moves forward and he gets in trouble with a one-armed inspector (Lionel Atwill)... Really memorable characters in this flick, which I think I like better than the original and Bride. The story doesn't have any of its predecessors' longueurs, and the sets have a fun abstract quality, as if Castle Frankenstein had been created by Ken Adam. I do wonder why the kid - another "Son of Frankenstein", I suppose - has a Southern accent though. A small complaint, because he's fine otherwise (which isn't a given when it comes to children in movies like this).
A lot of people are complaining about the kid in this film which I agree is pretty awful pandering, but he went on to voice Bambi, so he isn't all bad.
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This movie ranks #141 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
This movie ranks #677 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown