Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Son of Frankenstein

1939 - Dir: Rowland V. Lee

Shown at The FeckenOdeon on 26th October, 2002

"TO HAVE SEEN IT IS TO WEAR A BADGE OF COURAGE!" "Son of Frankenstein" was made in 1939 and is the final film in the classic trio that James Whale started in 1931 with the first talking "Frankenstein" and which continued in 1935 with "Bride of Frankenstein". That this could have been regarded as a most terrifying experience and only for the brave hearted seems strange in these post "Exorcist" days but there is a certain unworldly tension despite the almost total lack of any real horror. The crew at Universal had really got the hang of the gothic business by the time this one was made and the sets and effects are stupendous. Look out for fun and games in the sulphur pit. Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Basil Rathbone ham it up for all it's worth and the film is reckoned to be one of the finest examples of its type ever produced.

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