THE HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1945)
Article #222 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 10-24-2001
Posting date: 3-9-2002
Dr. Niemann and his assistant Daniel escape from a prison and vow to get revenge on those that imprisoned them. In the process, they encounter Dracula, the wolfman, and the Frankenstein monster.
I will always have a great deal of affection for this movie, since it was the first Frankenstein movie I ever saw. It’s certainly not the best of the Frankenstein movies; it largely just trots out the monsters and lets them do their thing, but I still find that a lot of fun. Plus, the cast adds to the enjoyment; Boris Karloff, J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Elena Verdugo, Anne Gwynne, Lionel Atwill and George Zucco all together in one movie. The Dracula sequence seems tacked on, and the rest of the movie feels a little like a rehash of FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN (Talbot wants to be cured, but the scientist is more interested in the monster), but it doesn’t change my fondness for the whole thing.