Review: ‘Son of Frankenstein’

Boris Karloff's man-made monster is revived in the castle of Frankenstein to provide material for another adventure of the ogre. Basil Rathbone, son of the scientist-creator, returns from America to the family estate, becomes intrigued with the dormant ogre and revives him with idea of changing the brute nature within.

Boris Karloff’s man-made monster is revived in the castle of Frankenstein to provide material for another adventure of the ogre. Basil Rathbone, son of the scientist-creator, returns from America to the family estate, becomes intrigued with the dormant ogre and revives him with idea of changing the brute nature within.

There are secret passages and panels; surprise opening of doors; and well-timed sound effects to further create tense interest.

For offering of its type, picture is well mounted, nicely directed, and includes cast of capable artists. Karloff has his monster in former groove as the big and powerful brute who crushes and smashes victims. Bela Lugosi is the mad cripple who guides the monster on murder forays. Lionel Atwill is prominent as village inspector of police.

Son of Frankenstein

Production

Universal. Director Rowland V. Lee; Producer Rowland V. Lee; Screenplay Willis Cooper; Camera George Robinson; Editor Ted Kent; Music Frank Skinner; Art Director Jack Otterson, Richard H. Riedel

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Basil Rathbone Boris Karloff Bela Lugosi Lionel Atwill Josephine Hutchinson Donnie Dunagan
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