Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943)
It wouldn’t be right, to review a load of horror movies and not include something from Universal. I couldn’t forgive myself. Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, though not at the more critically acclaimed end of the Universal catalogue, is a hell of a lot of fun.
Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr) is revived – in very creepy style – from his tomb. Sometime later he’s treated in Cardiff hospital (yes, you read that right), only to disappear on a quest to destroy himself and his werewolf curse. Eventually, Talbot finds his way to Frankenstein’s castle, where he aims to persuade the doctor to aid him. Instead, Talbot finds the Frankenstein monster (Bela Lugosi), and ultimately chaos ensues…
This film features some great Universal sets and lots of atmosphere. It wins bonus points from me, for setting the first part of the film in Wales – though the supposedly Welsh actors don’t tackle the accent at all! It’s a bizarre fact that Hollywood chose to set it’s Wolfman saga in Wales, though I have no idea why.
Lugosi’s attempt with the monster falls a little short, though apparently his dialogue – which would have enhanced the performance – was cut. As a result, the last part of the film doesn’t meet early, high expectations.
The thrill with Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman is seeing two Universal monsters together in one film. When I heard about these Universal “team-ups” when I was a monster obsessed kid, this idea fascinated me. It was like superhero team ups in comic books, and all seemed very exciting. The end result doesn’t quite deliver, but I love it all the same.