John Ary's Aint It Scary Reviews #1 Of 31!! SON OF FRANKENSTEIN!!
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Oct. 1, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST
by gerry derboven
Oct. 1, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST
by gerry derboven
Oct. 1, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST
Welcome to the party, pal.
Oct. 1, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST
...oh happy day! Oh and yes, always good to see Boris Karloff's monster, even if the film as a whole isn't the greatest.
Oct. 1, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST
by John Ary
to all the "firsters" out there.
Oct. 1, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST
by B Arnold Quizzling
He chews up the scenery like Claude Rains! The only weak spot other than the script is that little kid. Why couldn't the monster toss him in the sulphur pit at the beginning of the film? UGHH
Oct. 1, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST
This is a great movie, even better than the first Frankenstein, IMHO. It´s cool to read about real cinema in AICN.
Oct. 1, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST
Nice start to the column, glad to see you picked a decent one to begin with. Yeah, this is one of the better sequels in the series. I could be wrong, but it might very well be the last one to "star" the Monster, as the next in line - 'Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man' - is essentially more of a Wolf Man sequel than a Frankenstein movie. After that, the Monster (in 'Ghost of...') is essentially Ygor in the gigantic Franken-body, stumbling blindly toward the twin abyss of 'House of Frankenstein' and 'House of Dracula'. Those two movies are really quite terrible. I'm glad we got two completely different spins on Frankenstein with Universal and Hammer, one with the Monster as the star and the other focusing on the scientist. Of the two approaches, I prefer the latter and I'm glad Hammer were basically "forced" into following the mad doctor rather than his bolt-necked creation. I'm an odd one when it comes to the Universals. If asked, I'd say that my favourite monster is the Wolf Man, my favourite monster actor is Karloff and yet my favourite movie is 'The Invisible Man'. To paraphrase, Karloff was the bomb as Frankenstein's Monster. Truly iconic. And yet I love Christopher Lee's take on the creature in 'Curse of Frankenstein'; horrifying and pathetic at the same time. And Cushing as the "father"? One of my favourite actors ever. Love that bloke. He could play anything. Ahem. Anyway... looking forward to see what tomorrow brings, John. The 1970s and an alternative take on vampires? 'Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter', by any chance? Actually, it could be a number of films, couldn't it? 'Martin'? 'Thirst' (the Australian one)?
Oct. 1, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST
I look forward to watching the video when I get home. I think i've seen some of this one, but looks like a revisit is in order. Thanks.
Oct. 1, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST
by Shaun D Lyons
Doesnt come anywhere near the gothic genius of the first two, but still a real treat for horror buffs. Best thing about it is Lugosi. Anyway, just ordered the legacy blu ray set. Essential Halloween viewing!
Oct. 1, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST
God, that kid was annoying
Oct. 1, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST
WTF IS UP WITH THAT?
Oct. 1, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST
I mean they basically retcon the original film slightly by making Ygor Dr. Frankenstein's assistant and not Fritz (Dwight Frye). I mean yeah most films in the Universal canon aren't always true to the one before it but this was always a bit jarring to me. Maybe because there actually was a hunchbacked assistant in Frankenstein that's never mentioned again in favor of Ygor. And that Ygor in most mediums, has always been known as the doctors assistant.
Oct. 1, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
That limey cocksucker can rot in Hell for all I care!
Oct. 1, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . I'm not going to diss classic horror or anything, but I thought I'd be discovering a new flick every day that I'd actually find scary or at least pretty damn creepy.
Oct. 1, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST
I just watched this for the first time and had similar thoughts-- very solid movie, amazed by the Mel Brooks parallels.
So much of "Young Frankenstein" is in this film. Which is fine, since it's a parody-- and the audience had plenty of time to see the original. The doctor even has a dart game with the inspector! There were other similarities I can't remember-- but it was beautifully shot and acted, I was surprised-- I expected much worse from a lesser known sequel.
Oct. 1, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST
by gerry derboven
And i will be following this column with great interest, yes, great interest....
Oct. 1, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST
Spell Checker... ...invest.
Oct. 1, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST
by Crimson Dynamo
Was surprised to find out Lugosi was Ygor; he totally disappeared into that role
Oct. 1, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST
For his Monster Madness reviews, go to his site now! Loads better and fewer dildo references...
Oct. 1, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST
...but I can't watch it without my mind going to "Young Frankenstein" constantly. THIS is the movie Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder parodied. The original "Frankenstein" and "Bride of" are touched on in "Young Frankenstein", but this was the film they were inspired by.
Oct. 1, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST
Ygor was hanged because, "I stole bodies... they said." He then found the injured monster and developed a relationship with it, subsequent to the events of the first two movies. It is never claimed that Ygor was in any way involved in the creation of the monster or the events of Frankenstein and/or Bride.
Oct. 1, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST
Oct. 1, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST
by John Ary
I think that's one of the interesting aspects to the Ygor character. He never tells the whole truth and only alludes to his life before the hanging. He has insider knowledge as to how the creature was created and he claims to have known the creature before it went into its coma. Also the townspeople ask Ygor if the new doctor has requisitioned him to steal more bodies for experiments, which insinuates he dug up bodies for the old doctor. While he never comes out and tells the new doctor or the townspeople the whole story, I think we can extrapolate from the evidence that he had some part in the creation and maintenance of the creature.
Oct. 1, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST
...is actually spoken of in the next film in the series, Ghost of Frankenstein. I believe he says his brother aided the original doctor, suggesting perhaps he and Fritz were siblings!
Oct. 1, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST
Will have to throw this and Ghost of...in at some point this week...
Oct. 1, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST
Wow, this is an ambitious undertaking John! I'm really looking forward to it after this first installment!
by Ed Travis
Too bad I'm not at all familiar with the Frankenstein series... I've been kind of hoping to get my hands on the new Universal Monsters blu-ray set and delve in to that. But being broke will probably put a stop to that...
Oct. 1, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST
Oct. 1, 2012, 7 p.m. CST
You're right, Ary. Rarely do people mention this film, and they really should, for the very reasons you mentioned. Strong performances, great sets and a good story make for a great third film in the Karloff Frankenstein series of films.
Oct. 1, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...when the monster tore off the fake arm. Hey, I was really little.
Oct. 1, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...I haven't watched any of the old Universal Horror movies in a while, think the last was The Wolfman during last year's Halloween marathon.
Oct. 1, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST
And I assume that Martin comes tomorrow?
Oct. 1, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST
by John Ary
You can hear Lugosi clearly say his character's name at this Youtube link: http://youtu.be/ZGaCsUmFgas?t=5m10s
Oct. 2, 2012, 1:44 a.m. CST
Oct. 2, 2012, 4:28 a.m. CST
Oct. 2, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST
by Terry Powell
...but kind of wish it had been Ghost of... as that was the first movie I remember watching. Back when i was about 4 years old, in the early sixties, My aunt was babysitting me and let me stay up to watch the late show while she necked with her boyfriend. And my lifelong love affair with horror was born. It was several years before I realized what the title was. But the film gave birth to a major misconception for me. And that was that the monster liked kids and was their protector. So it blew me away a few years later when I saw the original and the monster kills the girl and also Son of... where he gets ready to toss the kid into the sulpher pit. So I have a soft spot for Ghost of. Also, did anyone notice that the Hammer film, Evil of... was a kind of remake of Son of Frankenstein. The moster is discovered alive and is used by someone to kill those who have wronged him. The movie was coproduced by Universal so I guess they let them do a pseudo remake(and do a similar makeup).
Oct. 2, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST
Originally, they toyed with the idea of filming in color and thought that the sweater-vest would break-up the head-to-toe darkness of the Monster's clothing. The color-idea was soon dropped but the sweater-vest stayed anyway.
Oct. 2, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST
Young Frankenstein is almost a scene-for-scene parody of Son of Frankenstein.
Oct. 2, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST
by albert comin
And it's funny that in an early scene when Frankenstein's son is traveling by train to his father's hometown, he makes a coment that everybody connects his family name to the monster, a nice take that to the audiences who always mistook the name of the scientist who create the creature with the creature's name. Clever movie. "Son of Frankenstein" is a good start for this project. Good job, John Ary.
Oct. 2, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST
My favourite Universal Frankenstein movie. Rathbone is great in this.
Oct. 2, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST
it always bothered me..
Oct. 9, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST
by Kortan Askew
It's pronounced awry, as in this talkback went all awry, when I Realized John Ary hasn't seen Young Frankenstein. :( you need to fix that John, so you can get mrd's joke.
Oct. 13, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST
This was the first of the Universals that broke with any canon established by the first two films. it would get worse in the ensuing sequels. Several examples: The lab was never on the property. It was in an old watchtower far from the family home. Hence Elizabeth being concerned about Henry always being away in the first film. Oh and he wasn't a doctor. He was a medical student who became frustrated with the school and left to "find what he needed elsewhere" and Dr. Waldman put it. Henry never brought his work home with him. In fact, his notes were supposed to be taken care of by Waldman but the monster killed him before he could. So them being in a locked box in the castle is wrong. And in your review you mention Ygor saying he was Frankenstein's assistant. Ygor never said he was Frankenstein's assistant. He simply said he was hanged for "stealing bodies... they said". And that he was tossed ito the old lab because he could not be buried in "holy place cause I stole bodies... they said". He could have been stealing them for medical use. Again, never once did he mention being Frankenstein's assistant so Fritz's presence in the first film remained intact. Nonetheless, popular culture and base parody ahve made Ygor the 'assistant'. As for "Young Frankenstein"... while when I saw it I thought it was hysterical (after having seen all the old classics), thirty some odd years later I feel it was the final coffin nail in any respect the old monster films had. The effect started by Abbott and Costello, followed through by 'The Munsters" and then Brooks did the old ghosts in. At best they are curiosities for film students, at worst boring jokes.
Nov. 1, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST
Nail, head, hit elmolincoln. I love almost everything else about this flick, but every time that horrific demon child comes on screen, I feel like taking a nail gun to my forehead.
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