Son of Frankenstein (1939) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Son of Frankenstein (1939)

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  • Release Date:  1939
  • Genre:  Classic & Mythological
  • Director:  Rowland V. Lee
  • Screenwriter:  Wyllis Cooper
  • Cast & Crew: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson, Donnie Dunagan, Emma Dunn, Edgar Norton, Perry Ivins, Lawrence Grant, Lionel Belmore, Michael Mark, Caroline Frances Cooke, Gustav von Seyffertitz and Lorimer Johnston.

Son of Frankenstein (1939) Rating:

  • Raoul = 5.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.2/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 7.1/10.

Son of Frankenstein (1939) Synopsis:

Following Dr. Frankenstein’s death, his son and his family come to settle in his old house. Soon, the son will find his father will ask him to carry on his work.

Son of Frankenstein (1939) Review:

Son of Frankenstein is the third movie in the original Frankenstein series by the Universal studios (the second one being the brilliant Bride of Frankenstein). It is also one of the 8 famous films who saw the collaboration of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.

This opus sees the son of Dr. Frankenstein taking over his father works. Animated by the same scientific frenzy as his father, Frankenstein’s son must work in secret in order to avoid the population wrath. This leads to a set of an interesting face-off between the various characters, where lies and courtesy mix themselves together quite subtly.

Many put this second sequel amongst the very best Frankenstein’s films. The film deserves it, but be warned that is it also less good than the two first ones. For example, I found the action rather slow in this one, with a lot fewer things happening. The monster does appear on screen so much and his fascinating psychological dimension, with his burning desire to be human, is absent here. Instead, the character is Ygor (Bela Lugosi) is the one who gets all the attention.

A surprisingly good sequel overall.

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