Wolf von Frankenstein returns to the Baronial manor from the United States with his wife Elsa and son Peter. He not made welcome by the locals who are still terrified of his father's works and the monster he created. The local Burgomaster gives him a sealed briefcase left by his father and inside, Wolf finds his father's scientific notes. At the manor house he meets his father's assistant Igor who has a surprise for him: the monster his father created is still alive, though in some sort of coma. Wolf's initial attempts to re-animate the creature seem to fail but when Peter says he saw a giant in the woods, it appears he's met success. When people are mysteriously killed in the village there is little doubt that the monster is responsible.Written by
This film marked Bela Lugosi's first appearance in Universal's Frankenstein franchise, but it would not be his last. Lugosi reprised his role as Ygor in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) and portrayed the monster himself in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). Lugosi also had a run-in with Frankenstein's monster while in character as Dracula in the more-humorous monster-flick, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). So this film marked the first of three appearances by Lugosi in Universal's Frankenstein films (four appearances if you count Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein). See more »
When Wolf von Frankenstein is arguing with Krogh in the castle lobby (73 minutes), he removes his hat and throws it at the high-backed chair to the left of the fireplace. It lands on the floor in front of and to the left of the chair. Later in the scene, the hat switches to the right of and behind the chair. Later still, in the same location, the hat has now flipped upside down. Frankenstein's coat, which was thrown on the floor to the left of the chair also shifts position (to the seat of the chair, in this case). See more »
[a child picks up a rock to throw at Ygor's window]
Ain't you afraid?
Of old Ygor? No!
[Ygor stares from the window]
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A strong cast (including Boris Karloff in his last screen appearance as the Monster) makes the second sequel to Frankenstein memorable. This time Henry Frankenstein's son, Wolf (Basil Rathbone) revives the dormant monster with the help of Ygor (Bela Lugosi, in his most underrated performance). This is an impressive, intelligent production that scores highly in all departments. 9/10
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