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House of Frankenstein (1944)

Approved  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  1 December 1944 (USA)
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An evil scientist and a hunchback escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.

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Larry Talbot (as Lon Chaney)
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Anne Gwynne ...
Peter Coe ...
Carl Hussman
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George Zucco ...
Elena Verdugo ...
Ilonka
Sig Ruman ...
Burgomaster Hussman
William Edmunds ...
Charles Miller ...
Toberman
Philip Van Zandt ...
Julius Tannen ...
Hertz
Hans Herbert ...
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After escaping from an asylum the mad Dr. Niemann and his hunch back assistant revive Count Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Frankenstein monster in order to extract revenge upon their many enemies. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER! WOLF MAN! DRACULA! HUNCHBACK! MAD DOCTOR! See more »

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1 December 1944 (USA)  »

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Chamber of Horrors  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Of the 5 'Wolf Man' films featuring Lon Chaney Jr.; this is the only entry that does not feature the Wolf Man's growl or howl. It may be there but, if it is, it's drowned out by Hans J. Salter's music score. See more »

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While searching for Dr. Frankenstein's records beneath the ruins of his castle, Dr. Niemann and Daniel discover the Wolfman and the Monster frozen. After thawing out the Wolfman, he then changes back to Lawrence Talbot. Dr. Niemann tells him he can cure him if he obtains the records of Dr. Frankenstein, last observed being read by Dr. Mannering in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man during a laboratory scene prior to the castle being destroyed. Talbot immediately proceeds to a another room where he reaches into the wall and miraculously pulls out the record book totally intact and undamaged. See more »

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Dr. Gustav Niemann: Fifteen thousand Marks. A thousand for every year I spent in a stinking, slimy dungeon. You bargain poorly, Herr Ulman.
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Dr. Gustav Niemann: Kill my trusted old assistant? Why, no. I'm going to repay you for betraying me; I'm going to give that brain of yours a new home in the skull of the Frankenstein monster. As for you Strauss, I'm going to give you the brain of the wolfman so that all your waking hours will be spent in untold agony awaiting the full of the moon... which will change you into a ...
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There goes the neighborhood!
12 August 1999 | by (next door to this house) – See all my reviews

In 1943 Universal teamed up Frankenstein and the Wolfman and made a fortune. So the theory was if the public loved 2 monsters, let's toss five at them!!Strangely enough this works.

The mad doctor Niemann(Boris Karloff) and his hunchback assistant are locked in prison. Seems the old doc was doing some rather frowned upon experiments. A convenient lightning bolt destroys the prison walls and the doctor and his hunchback escape.

They are picked up by Lampini's travelling sideshow.The hunchback kills the owner and the doctor takes his place. They head to the town that vilified the mad doctor years before.

Without giving too much away the doctor stumbles upon Dracula(John Carradine),Wolfman (Lon Chaney) & the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange).They all figure into his plot of revenge against the men who sent him to prison.

This movie has a wonderful sense of lunacy to it.Boris gives a fine performance as Niemann.Carradine gives his first portrayal of Dracula. (Always found him to be extremely hammy).Chaney of course gives a tortured air to Larry Talbot, the Wolfman.

Many critics felt that too many monsters spoiled the brew.But Dracula & the Monster are really nothing more than extended cameos.If you sit back and just enjoy the ride the movie accomplishes what it set out to do and that is just entertain. Gets an 8.


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