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The clash of monsters!
Lon Chaney returns as the wolf man and shape shifts inside a jail cell; fully exposed and witnessed by many. Meanwhile, Count Dracula does shady business. Frankenstein, on the other hand, is the same tender brute but slightly dumber. The new hunchback, present in most Frankenstein adaptations, is played by a woman and is one of the creepiest variations of her interchangeable archetype.
The movie is eerie but not scary. In a nutshell, it is a condensed and polished version of every cliche originating from all three Universal Studio franchises, and more so, even, than 1944’s House of Frankenstein. Continuity is an issue but should be ignored at this point. The previous sequels were repetitive and all monsters have been many times recast with great exchangeable actors.
The set design is big and luxurious; something we lost for a while, along with some of the ambiance. The lighting is just right. Photography and effects show global improvement, too. The story is silly but the title and promo alone allude to fun times, good energy and genuine acting, writing and directing from horror monuments. We get it all! Expect an action perspective and not straight horror.