Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Mike / October 3rd, 2011

Son of Frankenstein

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  • October 3, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Another good one! Thanks James!

  • TehJedicake

    October 3, 2011 at 2:10 am

    ooooo I haven’t seen this one yet, and I think I will now.

  • October 3, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Awesome lol. Might have to check this one out. Nice review can’t wait til tomorrow :D. Wonder what your doing for 40s o.O

  • stoutartist

    October 3, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Holy Beanbag Batman! This one is GRRRREEEEAAAAT!

  • metalcommand

    October 3, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Many movies in that time did this…..they didn’t make sequels, but just another movie. Is it a remake, a prequel, or a sequel over a long time? You’ll never know. It’s like the Zelda timeline: don’t bother trying to connect the games together, as you don’t have to bother connecting all these horror/monster movies.

  • sinisterjuggernaut

    October 3, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Entertaining video as usual. Check out the new TMNT comics by IDW. Kevin Eastman’s working on them. They changed the origin story and this go around they are using Krang… though they haven’t yet shown him yet.

  • Dr. Forrester

    October 3, 2011 at 2:37 am

    So far each vid has been ridiculously informative, and I’m loving every second of it! Great work James

  • October 3, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Awesome video! So, so happy Monster Madness is back. I look forward to it all year. One question: What movie is the clip from in the beginning where the woman gets the axe in the face? Looks gruesome!

  • Snejku

    October 3, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I wonder if people in the 30’s and 40’s put that much thought into the movies as you do James.

  • bribrihate

    October 3, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Hi James. Let me start by saying I have been following your videos for years. Of course what introduced me to you was AVGN, but I also watched your Spike reviews, Monster Madness, etc. I remember following the first Monster Madness years back and thinking it was awesome.

    I don’t leave feedback much, I have probably only done it a handful of times, but I felt the need to comment and tell you what an amazing job you do with these reviews. Most people will probably tell you Halloween doesn’t feel like Halloween to them anymore. I remember when I was a kid and every house was decorated, that’s rare to see in my area these days. Needless to say, it’s not as easy to get in the Halloween spirit anymore, but that’s exactly what MM does for me, puts me in the Halloween spirit.

    I’m glad to see these videos are considerably longer than previous years videos. Also, I’m glad Frankenstein was one of the series you decided to tackle. If you also reviewed the Friday the 13th series then I will be thoroughly pleased as that’s my favorite horror franchise ever. Guess I’ll have to wait and see, eh?

    Entertaining and informative review as always! Looking forward to seeing the rest. 🙂

  • xdeathknightx

    October 3, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Great monster madness so far James!

  • Doresh

    October 3, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I love this year’s monster madness already XD !

    Dunno how Igor fits in all of this, but the monster might’ve lost the ability to talk thanks to his coma.

    And what kind of name is “Wolf”? Is that a short form of “Wolfgang” Oo ?

  • DeadCamper

    October 3, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Thank you James, you’ve made Monster Madness a tradition for all of us.

  • RocketeerRaccoon

    October 3, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Wow, the amount of detail you give about monster movies is just mind blowing. Your awesome James. 🙂

  • Riknight36

    October 3, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I love how these are always posted by the time I wake up. It gives me something to watch before work! Thanks, James

  • ScaryManiac

    October 3, 2011 at 6:02 am

    James, I appreciate the effort you did on this years monster madness. I can’t imagine how many hours of work is here involved. thank you so much for this very informative videos.

  • Torus202

    October 3, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I really enjoy these videos. I am obsessed with Horror films, but have never really been a fan of the very early stuff. These reviews of the Classic Universal Horror films are fantastic. They give me the urge to go out and find each one.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the reviews of the 80’s slasher sequels. One of my favorite horror genres.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Hey James, what movie is that at the beginning of the video from 0:00-0:02. Can you tell me the title? Please?

  • Joemarvelly

    October 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

    October is my favourite time of year thanks to monster madness! I get so excited to see the new video everyday!

  • buckfutter

    October 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Am I the only one who thinks James should make a fan film chronicling the events between bride and son?

    “The Legacy of Frankenstien”

    Make it happen James, we have faith in you.

  • SpeedyEric

    October 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

    “Son” is a pretty good movie.

  • October 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Hey James,

    A random thought popped into my head during this one. You briefly showed a photo of the original footage that was intended to be shot in color, but in that shot it looks like the monster has a somewhat normal skin tone. At which point did they decide to change it to the now-standard “Green”-skinned Frankenstein monster that everyone knows?

  • PDL

    October 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Another great review. I always learn so much.
    Also, I thought it was a treat when this year’s first monster madness vid was longer than the previous years… but now that the second and third have been about 9 minutes as well… I am so psyched. I hope they’re all just as long.
    Can’t wait til tomorrow!

  • October 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    The reason why the townspeople hate the Frankenstein name is actually pretty simple. During the first one, it’s basically “we’ll deal with you later, Henry; right now we gotta kill that Monster!” During the second one, there’s not much contact between Henry and the villagers. He’s almost always locked up either with Elizabeth or Pretorious. Even then, the fact that Henry is dead shows that this movie doesn’t recognize Bride and only recognizes the first one.

    As for Ygor, he could easily be lying. He’s a dirt bastard like that. But it’s also possible it’s the same stupidity as “The Bride of Frankenstein” and “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.”

    There actually is a lost Frankenstein movie, but not between Son and Bride. Before Bride, they wanted to make a movie called “Return of Frankenstein.” I’d like to see a fan film with that title between Bride and Son. I also saw “Legacy of Frankenstein” in the comments, that’s a good one too. “Death of Frankenstein” would be most appropriate…ya know, since Henry survives at the end of Bride.

  • culwin

    October 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm


  • Ash Williams

    October 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Lets make all a movie that explains that missing part in Frankenstein´s story.

    The Death of Frankenstein

    Here we can see the last of Dr. Frankenstein and how he got his monster to be in a coma. Also, the 2 bullets in his chest. The monster is in a coma, but Dr. Frankenstein dies in some point at the end of the movie, making in the progress of the film, his testament, leaving all to his son.

  • nomad175

    October 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Just a bit of trivia: Lionel Atwill starred in two Sherlock Holmes movies with Rathbone; Hound of the Baskervilles as that doctor guy whose name I can’t remember, and Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon as Moriarty himself.

  • GoldenFrog

    October 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Very informative, great job as usual

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 5, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Son of Frankenstein sounds great too. I love that silly explanation you came up with for Igor, too. Hahaha

  • October 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

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  • October 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Awesome. This really makes me want to go and watch thought all these; especially the ones I’ve not seen.

  • kazeneko

    October 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Oh my God! Basil Rathbone is in this! I gotta find this and watch it. I loved him as Sherlock Holmes.

  • Mellowtrauma

    October 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    FUCK YOU!!!”

  • JediRob

    October 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    An omission to all of the Frankenstein videos.

    You mention the error of referring o the Monster numerous times, but I believe it is in in Son Of Frankenstein this is directly addressed. And in my opinion it satisfies the confusion from there on out…

    “His name has become synonymous with horror and monsters.

    Why, nine out of ten people…call that misshapen creature, of my father’s experiments…


    Just thought that moment deserved mention. Keep up the good work.

  • NetLex

    October 14, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Bela Lugosi steals the show, as Igor. 😀

  • brick rockwell

    November 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    This site rocks! The review was great. Now I know where some of the plot points from “Young Frankenstein” came from.

  • thefish

    November 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Hey James, I just finished watching this film again and I’m quite sure Ygor was never intended to be the original Dr Frankenstein’s assistant. It seems like he was just a grave robber who was hanged and then Frankenstein’s old lab became his exiled home where he befriended the monster. It was after Ygor had the monster kill some of the jurors that he was hit by lightning and went into a coma.

  • jaredludy15

    January 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    maybe Ygor WAS one of Frankenstein’s assistants. for all we know, he had a bunch of hunchbacked assistants living in his dungeon. and the police discovered Ygor committing grave robbery for Frankenstein, which was one of the tasks that Frankenstein assigned him. or maybe Ygor really IS Fritz. maybe Fritz was just his nickname. and maybe after he woke up after he was hanged, he lost a bunch of his memory and went crazy, and then started to think he was hanged by a bunch of jurors. another thing, the castle looked different, cause it got BLOWN UP! and it’s still standing because not all of it was blown up.

  • schloss_ritter

    March 27, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Ah, so that’s where those other Young Frankenstein references come from.

  • Murdock129

    June 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Who else would help raise money for James to make the film between Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein?

  • October 11, 2013 at 2:20 am

    An original novel came out in 2006 called Shadow of Frankenstein. It takes place between Bride and Son.

    It’s basically Frankenstein vs Jack the Ripper.

    It sounds like absolute schlock, but it’s actually quite well reviewed on Amazon.

  • October 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    the only frankenstein movie i watched, got it ftom bargain bin centuries ago :D.

  • December 8, 2015 at 2:13 am

    No way Gene Wilder was the same age as the kid in Son of Frankenstein. He starred in Metropolis alongside Tommy Lee Jones back in 1927.

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