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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943)

After being resurrected from his grave, the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) seeks out a gypsy (Maria Ouspenskaya) in the hopes she can help him end his eternal damnation. She suggests they visit Dr. Frankenstein but when they arrive in his village, they find out he's been long dead. But when the Wolf Man visits the ruins of Frankenstein's castle, he discovers Frankenstein's monstrous creation (Bela Lugosi) frozen in ice. Directed by Roy William Neill, this is a rather silly but enjoyable entry in the Universal monsters franchise. The meeting of Frankenstein and the Wolf Man is really rather innocuous and doesn't come until almost the film's halfway mark. The film's rushed ending is pretty spectacular however. There is a bizarre moment when the film suddenly turns into an operetta with the villagers in lederhosen and dirndls singing and dancing! The film is a great favorite among the Universal horror buffs but I thought it could have used a little more atmosphere. With Ilona Massey (top billed but she doesn't come in until the halfway mark), Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill and Dennis Hoey. 

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