Son of Frankenstein
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The most elaborate--and longest--of Universal's Frankenstein series, Son of Frankenstein represents Boris Karloff's last appearance in the role of the Monster. The title character is played by Basil Rathbone, who with wife Josephine Hutchinson and son Donnie Donegan returns to the Old Country to take over his late father's estate. Rathbone receives a cool reception from the local villagers, who remember all too well the havoc wreaked by his father's monstrous creation. Though he assures his neighbors that he has no intention of following in his father's footsteps, Rathbone… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Well mounted, nicely directed, and includes cast of capable artists."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A surprisingly good effort to extend the narrative of the first two films in a manner both intelligent and likely."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's enjoyable, not really memorable, but certainly a cut above what would soon follow."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Despite all its flaws, there are enough grand moments to make this into a superior Frankenstein tale."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It comes as no surprise that this creature feature isn't remembered as a horror classic."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Apollo Guide
"A strangely literary and leisurely monster movie, laced with amusing gothic doodles."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Boasts some stunning set design by Russell Gausman, a good script, and a magnificent cast."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A little too long, but beautifully designed and Lugosi carries the show."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of the very best of the series"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The set, shot in a style reminiscent of the German Expressionist classics, is superb."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"not as good as Young Frankenstein, or the first two, but still a good effort"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Great plot that could have been fleshed out more."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"The last great Universal Frankenstein feature, despite Rathbone's over-the-top performance. Karloff is splendid as the creature and Lugosi launches a new phase of his career as Igor."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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