From the opening scene in the graveyard to the final battle between two of universal’s most famous monsters, “Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman” is considered a treat for horror fans. We follow the story of Larry Talbot (again played by Lon Chaney Jr.), the man who still wants nothing more than to be cured of his irrepressible lycantropy. This time around though, he’s on a quest to find inner peace, even if he has to die in order to obtain it. The gypsy woman Maleva agrees to take him to Vasaria, in order to find Dr. Frankenstein, who might be able to help him. Once there, he finds the scientist dead, but the monster isn’t. Slick, atmospheric horror movie borrows a lot of elements from earlier univeral films, which is not surprising given this is a sequel to both “The Wolf Man” and “Ghost Of Frankenstein”. It has great gothic sets, a noirish atmosphere, and an incredible final battle scene. Lon Chaney Jr. reprises his role in style, but I wish Bela Lugosi gave more life to his monster character. He’s such a great actor, but I strongly believe that he was totally miscast in this one. Either way, the movie still has its moments, enough to satisfy fans of old “horror flicks”. It may not be as good as “The Wolf Man” or even “Frankenstein”, but it’s still good for what it is.
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