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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review: The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

As a kid, I loved this movie. Having said that, very little has changed in my opinion of this movie as an adult, I still love it.

If you are a person who enjoys the classic black and white horror movies of Universal Pictures, this movie should make for an entertaining evening. It's length of 67 minutes hearkens back to a time when movies were bundled with other shows at the theaters. Simply put, it is a classic for the horror and Frankenstein fan.

The monster is played by Lon Chaney Jr. who had just finished shooting The Wolf Man weeks earlier.

There's a curse upon this village, the curse of Frankenstein. 

In addition to Chaney, Ralph Bellamy, Bela Lugosi, and Evelyn Ankers were in the cast of  The Wolf Man. Bellamy's character hunted down the monster (Chaney) in both films. Oddly enough, some of the characters were portrayed as living though they were killed in an earlier Frankenstein movie. Councilmen (Michael Mark and Lionel Belmore) and even Ygor himself died in Son of Frankenstein.

Chaney had a lot of trouble with the Frankenstein makeup. He developed a rash and at one point injured himself removing the makeup in both cases production had to be delayed. While in full Frankenstein makeup, Chaney stood 6'8" and weighed 240 pounds.