Frankenstein

Frankenstein

DVD - 2004
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Frankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts. Bride of Frankenstein: Sequel to Frankenstein. Frankenstein longs for a mate of his own, so he creates an ill-fated bride. Son of Frankenstein: Returning to the ancestral castle 25 years after the death of the monster, the son of Dr. Frankenstein meets Ygor, a mad shepherd who is hiding the comatose creature. Hoping to clear the family name, he revives the creature and tries to rehabilitate him. His noble goals are dashed when Ygor sends the creature on a killing spree that spreads new panic in the village. The Ghost of Frankenstein: Frankenstein, his son, his dutiful assistant Ygor and Dr. Bohmer plan to transplant Ygor's brain so he can rule the world using the monster's body, but the plan goes sour when the mosnter turns malevolent and goes on a rampage. House of Frankenstein: Deranged scientist, Gustav Niemann, escapes from prison and overtakes the director of a traveling chamber of horrors. Pulling the stake out of a skeleton, he revives the infamous Count Dracula and commands him to kill the man responsible for his imprisonment. He then finds the frozen Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man buried under the ruins of the infamous Frankenstein laboratory. When he brings them back to life, the Monster is uncontrollable and drags him to a watery grave.

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akirakato
Nov 12, 2014

This is a 384-minute two-DVD set contains five Frankenstein movies: 1) Frankenstein in 1931; 2) Bride of Frankenstein in 1935; 3) Son of Frankenstein in 1939; 4) Ghost of Frankenstein in 1942; 5) House of Frankenstein in 1944.
Although Frankenstein's hunchbacked assistant is often referred to as "Igor" in descriptions of the films, he is not so called in the earliest films.
In both "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein," Frankenstein has an assistant who is played both times by Dwight Frye who is crippled.
In the original 1931 film the character is named "Fritz" who is hunchbacked and walks with the aid of a small cane.
In Bride of Frankenstein, Frye plays "Karl" a murderer who stands upright but has a lumbering metal brace on both legs that can be heard clicking loudly with every step.
Both characters would be killed by Karloff's monster in their respective films.
It was not until Son of Frankenstein (1939) that a character called "Ygor" first appeared.
Here he is played by Bela Lugosi and revived by Lugosi in the Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) after his apparent murder in the earlier film.
This deranged blacksmith, whose neck was broken and twisted due to a botched hanging, befriends the monster and later helps Dr. Wolf Frankenstein, leading to the "hunchbacked assistant" called "Igor" commonly associated with Frankenstein in pop culture.

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Monolith
Oct 28, 2012

How can you not love the Golden Age of horror? Disc two was missing (library thieves should be hunted down like the monster -- grrr) so I can't comment on "Son Of...", "Ghost Of...", or "House Of...", but the first two are exquisite. The laboratory is phenomenal (in both). The story is poignant; unique in that the monster wasn't evil. He was confused as to the reason for his persecution; lonely, and gentle really. Simply seeking a friend (e.g. the little girl, the blind man). A brilliant social commentary on the coldness of humanity when faced with fear of the unknown. (On a lighter note, I found it hilarious how the director James Whale recycled the same actor for the Igor-like sidekick "Fritz" and then "Karl" in both films.) For both "Frankenstein" and "Bride Of...": FIVE STARS.

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pronto1961
Sep 17, 2012

everybody's included in this collection: boris, bela, elsa, john, basil, valerie, ernest, colin and lionel. something for every universal monsters fan.

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Monolith
Oct 28, 2012

Henry Frankenstein: "Look! It's moving... (thunder crashes) It's alive... It's alive... It's alive, it's moving... it's alive... IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE!!!" Victor Moritz: "Henry! In The Name of God!" Henry Frankenstein: "Oh, in The Name of God! Now I know what it FEELS LIKE to BE God!" (thunder crashes)

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