Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

Mike / October 5th, 2011

Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man


  • October 5, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I think October is my fav month just for Monster Madness!

  • October 5, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I’ve been staying up late every night hitting Refresh on the Cinemassacre web site just waiting for the new MM Video to upload. Love it.

  • Abstrakt

    October 5, 2011 at 1:39 am


  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 5, 2011 at 2:00 am

    A bit creepy, uneven and illogical it seems… but sounds fun, nonetheless! Thanks for the spotlight on that one.

  • TehJedicake

    October 5, 2011 at 2:14 am

    October kicks ass.

  • Johnthegamer

    October 5, 2011 at 2:40 am

    It’s some what hard to believe just how bad the continuity between these movies are, you would think the screenwriters would put a bit more effort to make sure the story matched up from one movie to the next.

  • PDL

    October 5, 2011 at 3:22 am

    another homerun james

    go phillies!

  • ScaryManiac

    October 5, 2011 at 5:38 am

    This is my favorite Monster Madness so far.

  • October 5, 2011 at 6:03 am

    To this day, any time someone changes their mind in a split second, I refer to them as “Dr. Mannering” or that they’re “pulling a Mannering.” It’s been years since I saw this film, never realized his first name was Frank.

    Been thoroughly enjoying these Universal videos!

  • Devil_Rising

    October 5, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Good movie, all around. The classic Frankenstein series didn’t go downhill until after this, with the “House of” movies. That’s when it got kind of silly. But otherwise, the original, Bride, Son, Ghost, Meets Wolfman, all good movies. Too bad I can’t say the same about the Hammer series. The original remake was excellent. But the rest of that series, IMO, wasn’t all that great. Cushing is always fantastic, but the stories get pretty stupid.

    Another rare Frankenstein movie for anyone who’s curious, is an early 90s film, directed by Roger Corman, in fact it was the first film he’d directed since 1971 (he just produced in between), and was the very last film he’s ever directed. It’s called “Frankenstein Unbound”, and it’s a rather unique take on the traditional story, based on a novel by the same name. It stars Raul Julia as Dr. Frankenstein, and it’s actually rather good, surprisingly high production values, good acting, and all.

    I’d highly suggest it to anyone. It’s available on Netflix streaming.


  • angryrider

    October 5, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Hmph. Now I’m going to be pissed at the explanations in the next movie.

  • October 5, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Yay! There was the classic monster madness ending!!

  • October 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

    This is great. Every morning I wake up, eat my breakfast and watch a new episode. 🙂
    Now off to work. Fucker.

  • frostare

    October 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

    This is how all monster mash-ups should be, probably not story-wise but combat-wise… Hell yes!
    Oh and with dancing scenes.

  • October 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Great episode, James, but again like the last one you missed the whole reason why actors in previous movies came back to play other characters in sequels during that era. There was the Great Depression and World War II. Finances were limited and some actors were being recruited by the military when we were attacked by the Japanese in December of 1941. The whole continuity thing you refer to, I believe, wasn’t a purposeful thing. They just had limitations because of the times. Great review otherwise. And yes, I know you recorded all of these a while back so my comment yesterday would have never affected a change in this or future episodes of Monster Madness. I just thought the point of why things were the way they were back in that time period (1930 – 1948) needed to be made clear why they were the way they were.

  • October 5, 2011 at 9:20 am

    The Scene you mentioned of singing and parading, I’m guessing it’s suppose to be a Burgerfest, a tradition held off even today in german and austrian towns and villages, so it doesn’t have to represent elder times.

    Really liked the movie!

    I’m not fond of the Lugossi Monster not because of the acting, it’s more that he kinda looks like he was to a dentist or his face is slightly swollen, unlike Karloff’s looked rather dry.

  • Hadron24

    October 5, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Yay for more Lugosi and his accent! I’m proud to be a Hungarian when I watch all these film reviews having him between the actors. 😀

  • SpeedyEric

    October 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

    5:45- That’s what I also thought when I first saw this film.

    I’m also confused about the continuity of the Universal Monster Universe when I watch these films.

    I’ve already seen this film twice, but I still enjoy it.

  • October 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Enjoying these Monster Madness videos thanks James!

  • mychael

    October 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    You spell Lugosi’s name almost perfectly! Only one problem: It’s spelled “Lugoshi”, and the O is short in it. Just some lessons from a Hungarian 😉

  • October 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I gotta give this one a watch.

  • nomad175

    October 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Another set of the Sherlock Holmes trivia, the detective guy investigating Larry played Inspector Lestrade in the Basil Rathbone films. Universal had a habit of reusing actors. I also just realize that I don’t use enough positive re-enforcement for good things, so great vid.

  • Lotusplant

    October 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Nice review, I’m loving Monster Madness! These original Frankenstein films are really cool, even if the continuity is a bit dodgy.

  • Ash Williams

    October 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Hi James! Did you know there is another Frankenstein movie made in 1984 called “Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie”?? It´s about the descendants of Baron Frankenstein, returning to the family castle to search for the family fortune that is supposed to be hidden there.

    Here, you can see Donald Pleasence as Victor Frankenstein / Old Baron Frankenstein.

    It´s a piece of crap, but it´s another Frankenstein movie! 😀

  • culwin

    October 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I’m convinced they screwed up the continuity on purpose.
    Nobody could screw things up that bad by mistake.

  • GoldenFrog

    October 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    This one seems like a mess, probly wont check this one out.
    Still sooo much Monster Madness left !
    October is such a grueling month for James, keep em comin !

  • October 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Actually, I laughed at Lugosi’s voice in the Monster in Ghost. One of the biggest reasons why the Karloff Monster worked in the first two, probably the third, is because he is voiceless and thus forced to explain his emotions through actions and expressions.


  • andysutherland

    October 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Wow! On the best Monster Madness so far, I’m surprised that there are so few comments on the first five so far (I hope this doesn’t reflect on James putting an end to the annual Monster Madness series). Lugosi is my favorite of all time Universal actor, but I’ve always had more love for the Frankenstein series than any of the other Universal Horror series. I had to watch the film today before I watched James’ review of this film. It’s the only “real” Frankenstein film that I haven’t seen. I’m assuming that House of Frank is next and I hope that James rips the Carradine Dracula to shreds. Lugosi is the one true Dracula, but Boris left the Monster position open to multiple actors. Karloff is the best Monster, but Lugosi established the stereotype “Monster/zombie” walk, while Glenn Strange did a great job finishing the role as well.

    This film was more of a Wolfman film than it was a Frankenstein film, which was good, b/c at the time the Wolfman drew more attention than the Frankenstein Monster. Both were sympathetic characters, but Lugosi was perfect for this film as the monster b/c he took the sympathy away from the Monster and allowed the audience to focus more on Chaney Jr.

    Keep up the good work, James!

  • TomM

    October 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Oh Frank. You’re so so silly. 😀

  • ZeFlyGuy

    October 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    James, you deserve the utmost appraisal for being able to pump out a 5-10 minute video everyday for 31 days. You maintain the quality of these videos very well even under pressure and even when your schedule must be extremely hectic. Monster Madness is awesome, and so are you.

  • greedo

    October 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Hey James! You’re doing a great job so far. This year’s Monster Madness is far better than last year’s(no offense, but it’s true). Frankenstein is one of those movies that I’ve been meaning to get around to seeing, but haven’t. I’ll eventually do that. As for it’s sequels- no thanks, I’ll pass.

  • greedo

    October 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm


  • Brian

    October 6, 2011 at 2:40 am

    andysutherland Yeah I was wondering what was with the low amount of comments as well. How many comments per video was last year’s MM getting? It might just be people don’t want to sign up to leave comments. I was like that for the longest.

    Anyways, it’s 2:40 AM here and Im up waiting for the new MM video. I might watch Bride of Frankenstein to kill the time while I wait. I watched Frankenstein last night. These videos made me want to. 😀

  • Apoc_Belmont

    October 6, 2011 at 3:26 am

    You are an amazing man for doing this when you have a schedule such as yours. We all appreciate it immensely. And I love it how we have basically the same interests.

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  • asnaes1981

    October 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I like how Lon Chaney Jr. was good at acting like a wolf in the Wolfman films. It’s in how he jumped and crouched, just like a wolf.

  • frankblack66

    October 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I used to love this one too. Great monster battle scenes. It’s been years since I’ve seen it and I had the VHS version. I was wondering…I seem to remember a “cameo” of sorts with a scene where you see a coffin that says “Dracula” or “Alucard”? My memory is fuzzy, but I’m pretty sure that was in there and worth noting.

  • October 8, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Very interesting. You crammed a lot in there.

  • NetLex

    October 14, 2011 at 3:24 am

    All continuity issues aside, I’d take this film over AvP any day. 😉

  • Strazdas

    November 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Considering the time setting question: they could have all been present day.
    considering this was made in the 40s, many eastern European countries did still have a lot of horse carriages in villages, especially smaller ones. some older people STILL use them and you can see a horse carriage on a highway almost every time you drive to another city. Its mostly farmers carrying stuff and so on though.
    Now this wasn’t exactly east Europe, as Frankenstein is supposed to be swiss-deutch. but its still a possible theory.

  • Yushatak

    January 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Re: the brains, perhaps they wanted to take it as both of them being in there, even though the brain was replaced entirely – or perhaps it wasn’t?

  • zombiefan011

    January 29, 2012 at 12:58 am

    the biggest continuity goof in these movies is in Dracula’s daughter. The 1st film was obviously set in the 19th century but the sequel was set in the 30s. Its extremely distracting because that movie is supposed to be set just after the first film

  • schloss_ritter

    March 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I was wondering who would play the monster since Chaney played it in the last film but is in his other role here.

  • caitseith

    October 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    So after the Ghost of Frankenstein, the monster has Igor’s brain? The turning point where the monster passed from a confused destructive creature to an evil destructive creature.

  • BladeRunner

    August 30, 2013 at 8:59 am

    love the clip from An American Werewolf in London during the into, one of my favorite horror films. Awesome video, I’ve always loved the Universal Monster films too!!!

  • Lauren Capone

    September 27, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I never hear about their dislike of the his accent, he was cast because he had played ygor, and since the monster could speak now it should be in ygor’s voice. The reason I have always hear for them cutting the dialogue was because the film was released in the height of WWII and a good bit of the dialogue was about the monster wanting to rule the world and the directors felt it resembled Hitler too much and thought audiences would dislike it and it would make them too uneasy. It’s also rumored that they didn’t bother to tell Bela that his dialogue was removed until after the film was released.

  • frostare

    October 6, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Certainly not anything like Frankenstein vs Dracula… any of the versions

  • Kent Gissing

    August 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    My god… talk about recycling actors… :O .. thanks James.. thanks to you, I only have Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr, Colin Clive and Dwight Frye on my mind. What were they thinking?? .. Why were they recycling the actors? What was the reason? It shot all possible continuity regarding the actors to hell. o.O

  • December 31, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Have you ever played with the idea it might be the monster’s brain attempting to communicate in a ravaged body, or that he would be speaking but his prediction of being immortal in previous films was wrong and the body is now decaying, or perhaps it’s nothing but an involuntary muscle twitch in a reanimating corpse??? Just food for the brain. The monster Frankenstein seems quite cool anyhow.

  • Jacob Boeve

    May 30, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Raw power versus agility? So that’s where the ideas for AVP and FVJ came from. Alien and Freddy are the faster agile ones and Predator and Jason are the stronger ones.

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