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Son Of Frankenstein

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
6.70 /10
Basil Rathbone , Boris Karloff , Bela Lugosi
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Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Written by: Willis Cooper

Released: 1939
Origin: US
Length: 95


Frankenstein's son (Basil Rathbone) resurrects fatherís monster (Boris Karloff) with help from a broken-necked shepherd (Bela Lugosi).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Handsomely mounted horror, played fairly straight: no longer very scary, but with splendidly Gothic atmosphere and sets, and an eerie Frank Skinner score. The leading actors are excellent, especially Basil Rathbone who is a great improvement on Colin Clive. But the two female performances are weak, and Karloff - in his third and final appearance as the monster - hasnít enough to do. The biggest problem is that the narrative is not as strong as its two immediate predecessors, Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein.

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