Monster Madness Roundup: The Frankenstein Series

James / October 8th, 2011

I just finished reviewing the Universal Frankenstein series. Here’s links to all the reviews and my own personal rating out of 10.

Frankenstein (1931) My rating: 10

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) My rating: 10

Son of Frankenstein (1939) My rating: 10

Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) My rating: 6.5

Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) My rating: 7

House of Frankenstein (1944) My rating: 7.5

House of Dracula (1945) My rating: 5

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) My rating: 8

 

Comments

  • Dr. Bigs Kimble

    October 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Awesome. Thanks for the links, it makes rewatching these easier. Great work so far James. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

  • October 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    They were really cranking them out during WW2, hence the quality being subpar, and reusing actors.

    I do love Bride of Frankenstein, even with that overacting old bat in it.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Can you list the titles of the movies you use at the beginning of every Monster Madness video. Many of them look interesting to check out but we don’t know their titles.

  • jaimeblack

    October 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Frankenstein (1931) My rating: 10

    Bride of Frankenstein (1935) My rating: 10

    Son of Frankenstein (1939) My rating: 8

    Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) My rating: 6

    Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) My rating: 6

    House of Frankenstein (1944) My rating: 7

    House of Dracula (1945) My rating: 5

    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) My rating: 8

    I’ve been reviewing them daily at my blog http://exodus8-2.blogspot.com at the same rythm you’ve been going… for those I hadn’t seen earlier, which was the majority.

  • Pure

    October 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    So far this is looking like your best Monster Madness year.

  • Davoo

    October 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Wow awfully generous with the 10’s there, aren’t you James? I mean if so many films are gonna get that rank, shouldn’t you up the standards a little bit?

    I liked it when you stopped giving ratings at the end of your reviews. Good reviewers let their words speak for themselves, and don’t feel the need to bog it down, wash it out and complicate everything with numbers.

  • Sat

    October 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    This is the best thing ever. The creeypy atmosphere of the 1930s Universals is simply superb. Less a fan of the 1940s films, but it’s still fascinating to hear about them.
    Keep them coming! I’ve been following AVGN for years, but never commented once, so I thought I should leave a little something for once.

  • Allen Lucas

    October 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Here’s how I rate the films:

    Frankenstein (1931): 10

    Bride of Frankenstein (1935): 10

    Son of Frankenstein (1939): 7

    Ghost of Frankenstein (1942): 7

    Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943): 9

    House of Frankenstein (1944): 7.5

    House of Dracula (1945): 6.5

    Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948): 10

    I bet the next franchise will be from Hammer Films with either Frankenstein (1957-1974) or Dracula (1958-1973). Could be one of them or both which should be awesome!

  • BigJimNC55

    October 9, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Just purchased the Frankenstein Legacy Collection on Friday.

  • walkavian

    October 9, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I am surprised James hasn’t even mentioned once (or at least I think he hasn’t) the Greatness of the Mexican Wrestler films.

    Sure the effects are way way WAY worse than those you see on those movies from the 40s and 50s… but c’mon! Ever wonder what is better than watching Frankenstein monster and the wolf man duking it out?

    Watching a Mexican Wrestler Fight Frankenstein monster, the wolf man, dracula, the mummy, martians, serial killers and even nazis!

    But anyway just a congrats on the Monster madness sequel-a-thon! 😀 watching it all the way south of the border and so far soooo good!

  • Brian

    October 9, 2011 at 12:52 am

    A 7.5 for House of Frankenstein? Consider me shocked. (I didn’t like it quite as much.)

  • October 9, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Generous ratings there, James!

  • 19Szabolcs91

    October 9, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Man, don’t be so harsh on House of Dracula! I thought it was one of the better ones… Anyway, here are my ratings (the only one I haven’t seen is Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein):

    Frankenstein (1931) My rating: 8

    Bride of Frankenstein (1935) My rating: 8.5

    Son of Frankenstein (1939) My rating: 9

    Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) My rating: 6.5

    Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) My rating: 7

    House of Frankenstein (1944) My rating: 7

    House of Dracula (1945) My rating: 7.5

  • ScaryManiac

    October 9, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I give the whole reviews a 20 out of 10

  • October 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    My personal ratings:

    Frankenstein: 10/10
    Bride of Frankenstein: 10/10
    Son of Frankenstein: 8/10
    Ghost of Frankenstein: 7/10
    Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man: 9/10
    House of Frankenstein: 5.5/10
    House of Dracula: 6/10
    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein: 8/10

    These are a little odd because my ratings system is quite different from the average one. It has much crazier decimals, and it’s out of 5 but really 6.

    And anybody who says the original two don’t deserve 10 is mad.

  • baleegh_r

    October 10, 2011 at 12:42 am

    James please do review the hammer frankenstein series. I haven’t watched them yet, but the frankenstein monster in them looks awesome and more realistc.

  • October 10, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Great to have a quantifiable perspective from you on the movies.

  • JamesRolfe

    October 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Monster Madness is boring

  • October 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I too would like to know what movies those opening clips were from.

  • Sean Whitmore

    October 14, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Count me as another who purchased the Frankenstein Legacy Collection because of this year’s theme. Thanks, James!

    I’m already well aware of the Hammer Dracula series, so I can’t wait to see what’s coming up for Round 3.

  • Darthleather

    October 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Walkavian, I too was wondering if James had seen “Santo and Blue Demon Vs. Dracula and The Wolfman.” I think he’d get a kick out of that.

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