Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film  |   Release Date - Mar 5, 1943 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman is a better Wolfman movie than a Frankenstein movie, though Universal was on the right track in teaming up their two best monsters and allowing two female characters to hold the non-monster leads. Nearly everything wrong with the film arises from trying to cover up the weaknesses of Bela Lugosi as the Frankenstein monster, and, by the time the film was released, all of Lugosi's dialogue had been awkwardly removed. In fairness to Lugosi, he was a very wrong choice to play the monster at this point in his career, when both the monster's persona and Lugosi's persona were long established in the minds of moviegoers. Fortunately, there's much good about the film. William Roy Neill was among the most stylish of B-moviemakers, achieving an atmospheric look with lighting and camera creativity that might elude directors with larger budgets. The performances other than Lugosi's are strong, particularly Ilona Massey and Maria Ouspenskaya. A well-told, visually interesting film, Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman falls short of being the top-rank classic that it might have been.