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House of Frankenstein [monster movie]

   

House of Frankenstein (1944), starring Boris Karloff, John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr., J. Carrol Naish, Glenn Strange, Lionel Atwill, Anne Gwynne, Peter Coe

Synopsis of House of Frankenstein

House of Frankenstein is the first of the Universal Studios monster mashes.  In short, mad scientist Niemann and “friend Daniel” his hunchback assistant escape prison and enact a series of revenges on the people who had him imprisoned.  They murder a proprietor of a travelling show of horrors, impersonate him and revive his corpse of Dracula.  Dracula succeeds in the first part of the revenge scheme, but Niemann abandons him to be destroyed in the sunlight.  Niemann then travels to the ruins of Frankenstein’s castle.  He hopes to recover the dead doctor’s secrets, but instead recovers both the Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s monster.  He revives them both, but a romantic triangle unravels the plot.

Review of House of Frankenstein

Thoughts about House of Frankenstein

  • John Carradine does a good job of portraying the suave Count, but his Dracula frankly isn’t that threatening.
  • Friend Daniel is a cold-blooded murderer, and sycophant.  Even so, the audience feels sympathy for him when Ilonka the gypsy girl ignores his affection in order to fall for the handsome Larry Talbot.  A compliment to the acting ability of J. Carroll Naish.
  • Boris Karloff does a good job of playing the mad Dr. Niemann.

Cast of characters in House of Frankenstein

[Updated September 18, 2021]

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