Three years ago, we checked out The Bride Of Frankenstein for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween as well as others from the Universal Monsters collections since then. This year I wanted to check out another film from the series so I chose to watch Son Of Frankenstein for today’s film. The Frankenstein name has been tarnished or at least feared in the town where the family castle is located. Baron Wolf von Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone), the son of Dr. Frankenstein, and his family decide to move to the castle to reclaim his family’s name. When there he receives a package from his father containing information of his discoveries and experiments. What he doesn’t expect to find in his father’s laboratory is the monster himself, but the monster is in a coma. After Ygor (Bela Lugosi) convinces him to awaken the monster, the monster does Ygor’s bidding and now the town is enraged as the killings continue. The film also stars Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) as Frankenstein’s Monster, Lionel Atwill (To Be Or Not To Be) as Inspector Krogh, Josephine Hutchinson (North By Northwest) as Elsa von Frankenstein, Donnie Dunagan (Tower Of London) as Peter von Frankenstein, Emma Dunn (The Great Dictator) as Emilia, Edgar Norton (Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde) as Benson, and the film was directed by Rowland V. Lee (Captain Kidd).
The film features the legendary Basil Rathbone who at one time played Sherlock Holmes and he played the son of Dr. Frankenstein in this one which was a treat. Basil was an amazing actor who was an attempt to breath new life into the series. The only thing that bothered me about the movie was his kid Peter who was played by a child who was obviously from the south in America while his parents were clearly British. Every time he spoke, it just bothered me that he was the only one with an American accent. I was surprised to see that Bela Lugosi was in the film as Ygor after it was thought that he hated Karloff (at least he did in the Ed Wood film). You didn’t get to see Frankenstein’s Monster do much in the film, we only see him in action a couple of times, but it’s the mystery that he is doing Ygor’s bidding that is the excitement. The acting is the selling point of this film from the one armed inspector to the amazing acting ability of Rathbone. I loved the design of the sets for the film, it has that Gothic feel to it like we were used to seeing in horror films of the time. If you’re a fan of the Universal Monsters, then give this one a shot and check it out. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.