Son of Frankenstein

Son of Frankenstein
Son of Frankenstein
  • NR
  • 1h 39m
  • 1939
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Boris Karloff stars in the role that made him a screen legend in this, the second sequel to the famous horror classic. The son of Dr. Frankenstein returns to the ancestral family castle 25 years after the explosive death of the monster. There he meets Ygor (Bela Lugosi), a mad shepherd who is hiding the comatose body of the creature. Hoping to clear the family name, the young Dr. Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone) revives the creature and attempts to rehabilitate him. But his noble goals are circumvented when Ygor sends the creature on a killing spree that spreads a new panic in the village. Praised by critics as one of the best of the Frankenstein series, Son of Frankenstein is a worthy heir to the landmark original.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Boris Karloff's final appearance as the Monster is a fitting farewell before the series descended into self-parody.
Variety Staff

Well mounted, nicely directed, and includes cast of capable artists.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

The set, shot in a style reminiscent of the German Expressionist classics, is superb.

June 21, 2017
New York Times

Its silliness is deliberate -- a very shrewd silliness, perpetrated by a good director in the best...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:January 13, 1939
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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