House of Frankenstein (1944)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film  |   Release Date - Dec 1, 1944 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Richard Gilliam

House of Frankenstein is more of a Boris Karloff revenge film than the monster-fest that Universal Studios advertised; Dracula (John Carradine) is eliminated early in the picture, so there's no interplay between his character and Frankenstein and the Wolf Man, the two other top-billed creatures. Fortunately, Karloff can carry the film on his own. Though nowhere near as stylish as Bride of Frankenstein (1935) or The Wolf Man (1941), House has plenty of atmosphere courtesy of George Robinson's carefully composed cinematography. Director Erle C. Kenton has the good sense to stick with a proven formula: this was the sixth film in Universal's Frankenstein series, and the third each for Dracula and The Wolf Man. Essentially, the first portion of House is a Dracula film, and the remainder a sequel to Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, made earlier that year. All three monsters would return for House of Dracula (1945), where they would appear in the same portions of the story.