House of Frankenstein

A scientist and a hunchback escape from prison and encounter a vampire, a werewolf and a revenant.
United States
1944
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Black & White
Character Focus: 
Lycanthrope Film
Vampire Film
Revenant Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
Werebat
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
4
Three monsters for the price of one!
8
4
6
5.04
1
4
2
Performances
Editing
Plot
Most actors in House of Frankenstein give a fluid performance. The main protagonists are renditions of Dr. Frankenstein and Ygor. Their fate intertwines with Mary Shelley’s revenant, Bram Stoker’s vampire and Curt Siodmak’s werewolf. The match-up’s title can be misleading because the three antagonists are equally important and because this is a sequel to all three Universal Studios franchises.
The casting is appropriate. You get Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and John Carradine on top of their game. They've played these interchangeable roles before, but not in a comedy. The human to bat metamorphoses are borrowed from Son of Dracula, so they’re decent but not convincing. The special effects generally show improvement, but the transitions aren't great.
So, three horror icons were turned into an inside joke. The story is fun to sit through but can’t be taken seriously. It ties in with 1943’s Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man and introduces the two other Universal monsters to humor. It’s a film made for the fan that makes fun of its own legacy and offers variations on its own tropes in slapstick fashion.
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