The Ghost of Frankenstein

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  • Passed
  • 1942
  • 1 hr 7 min
  • 6.1  (6,911)

In The Ghost of Frankenstein, the fourth installment of the classic Frankenstein series, we are introduced to a new generation of characters faced with challenges surrounding the infamous monster. The film stars Cedric Hardwicke as Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein, Lon Chaney Jr. as the Monster, and Ralph Bellamy as Erik Ernst, the mayor of the town of Frankenstein.

The story begins with the Creature surviving a fatal fall into a sulfur pit at the end of the previous movie, The Son of Frankenstein. The townspeople, still shaken from the monster's previous rampages, are outraged that the creature is still alive and decide that it must be destroyed. However, when the Creature seeks out Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein, son of the original creator, he convinces him to bring him back to life yet again.

Dr. Frankenstein is reluctant, but his desire to carry on his father's work and cure his own blindness drives him to use the monster as a test subject for a new brain transplant procedure. The monster's brain is replaced with the brain of the brilliant but unscrupulous Dr. Bohmer (Lionel Atwill), who secretly hopes to use the monster as a tool for his own nefarious schemes.

As the experiment progresses, the townspeople become more agitated and fearful of the monster's existence, with tensions boiling over when the monster breaks free and goes on a rampage. The monster, now with Dr. Bohmer's brain, has new abilities and even greater strength than before, making it nearly impossible for anyone to stop him.

Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein, along with Erik Ernst, the mayor of the town, and Andrienne (Evelyn Ankers), the doctor's daughter, sets out to destroy the monster for good. Together, they must face the terrifying and vengeful creature, confronting the tragic consequences of Frankenstein's hubris and the ethical implications of his experiments.

The Ghost of Frankenstein offers a unique twist on the classic Frankenstein story, exploring the themes of science, morality, and the nature of humanity. Despite being the fourth film in the series, the movie stands on its own with strong characters and a thrilling plot. The special effects and makeup are also noteworthy for their time, and Lon Chaney Jr.'s portrayal of the monster is both haunting and sympathetic.

Overall, The Ghost of Frankenstein is a classic horror film that still holds up today. Its commentary on the dark side of science and the dangers of unchecked ambition make it a thematically rich addition to the Frankenstein mythos. Fans of classic horror will enjoy this movie and its nuanced exploration of one of the most iconic horror characters of all time.

The Ghost of Frankenstein is a 1942 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 7 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

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  • Release Date
    1942
  • MPAA Rating
    Passed
  • Runtime
    1 hr 7 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (6,911)