Last year I attended a rare screening of classic Universal horror movie “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man“(1943) at the Duke of York cinema in Brighton. To say I had a good time would be an understatement! Just being able to watch such an old black and white monster movie on the big screen was pure joy, and it brought back many nostalgic memories of staying up late as a child watching these creature features on television. When I was very young, BBC2 used to have regular seasons of Saturday night horror double bills and I addictively used to watch them all! Usually starting at about 10pm, my parents allowed me to watch the first of the two scheduled movies, as they were always old monochrome classics. As I got older, I began staying up later to watch the more graphic colour horrors, often classics from Hammer Films or the Amicus omnibus terrors.
Despite Bela’s performance, and the often juvenile script, “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” still has a lot to recommend it. The sets are extremely atmospheric, especially at the beginning of the film, where we see Lawrence Talbot’s tomb. The fog enshrouded graveyard is spooky as Hell and certainly sets the scene well. Lon Chaney’s wolfman make-up is also impressive and so is the superb model work used to show Frankenstein’s castle and the exploding dam at the film’s climax. All in all, a great fun evening of ancient chills and thrills and much more entertaining than most of todays bland over-budgeted Hollywood dross.
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