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Son of Frankenstein

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Rowland V. Lee

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About the Movie

Boris Karloff stars in the role that made him a screen legend in this, the second sequel to the famous horror classic. The son of Dr. Frankenstein returns to the ancestral family castle 25 years after the explosive death of the monster. There he meets Ygor (Bela Lugosi), a mad shepherd who is hiding the comatose body of the creature. Hoping to clear the family name, the young Dr. Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone) revives the creature and attempts to rehabilitate him. But his noble goals are circumvented when Ygor sends the creature on a killing spree that spreads a new panic in the village. Praised by critics as one of the best of the Frankenstein series, Son of Frankenstein is a worthy heir to the landmark original.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Its silliness is deliberate -- a very shrewd silliness, perpetrated by a good director in the best traditions of cinematic horror. – New York Times, Oct 18, 2016

Fresh: Well mounted, nicely directed, and includes cast of capable artists. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: [Bela Lugosi] pretty much steals the movie in his last really juicy role. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Oct 20, 2016

Fresh: A strangely literary and leisurely monster movie, laced with amusing gothic doodles. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Solid Sequel

Let's face it - the original "Frankenstein" will always be the best, but I actually like this one more than "Bride of Frankenstein." There's solid suspense, and the use of light and shadows is very effective in so many scenes. "Son of Frankenstein" is definitely a worthy follow-up. And this is the last tme Karloff portrayed the monster, so it has that historical fact going for it as well. (By the way - it's THIS movie that "Young Frankenstein" spoofs. Watch this one, and you'll see scene after scene that Mel Brooks uses in his classic.)

Don't believe the Rotten Tomatoes reviewers

If a movie this juvenile was released today, the very same critics would have recommended it for the dumpster. But, it wasn't released today, and there are some features that should definitely make you put it on your must-see list. Lugosi's intensity is astonishing, and his ability to portray a character utterly devoid of humanity is perhaps without parallel in film-- at moments. The rest of the time, he looks like he is waiting for the Director to yell, " Cut" so he can go to lunch. Karloff also shows the ability -- and make-up effects -- that made him a legend. The only other character of interest is the inspector, who uses a remarkable physical quirk (you really need to see it to believe it) to elevate his performance and the entire movie. Rathbone's only good moment was his last scene with the monster, and his final scene is so stupid you won't know whether to roll your eyes or laugh out loud. The rest of the cast are disposable, mere vehicles to carry the plot -- with one exception: the settings, although low budget, are so powerful that they contribute as much as the key roles. Altogether a great story, and a great lesson in story telling. Hard to imagine you'll ever get a better return on your 3 bucks.


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Son of Frankenstein
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1939

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