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Every weekend we're watching movies together...whether you're in Pennsylvania USA, or Sydney Australia. It's a throwback! Back to the days when you had the anticipation for waiting till the weekend to see the classic horror or science fiction film that was listed in the TV Guide. The plan is to watch a movie at 7:30PM on Saturday night in your own time zone. Or, if you can't Saturday night...anytime during the weekend. Then, we'll all get together and e-mail our thoughts on the film...a few paragraphs...or simply a sentence if you'd like. They after-viewing reviews appear on our Creepy Classics/Monster Bash News Page. See the latest thoughts posted by viewers ther now.
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The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
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While I was at the Steel City Covention through the weekend, I was still able to sit still long enough on Saturday night to spin this chestnut on DVD.
THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN is a wonderful flick, full of action, the monster and a powerful presence by Lon Chaney Jr. as that creature. Often maligned by critics, I take this for what it was...a power-packed monster show from Universal. It wasn't trying to be something more, as with James Whales first two films in the series or the in-between SON OF FRANKENSTEIN. On it's own merits as an entertaining monster picture, THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN is a rocker-shocker.
You have Bela back as ol' Ygor (after some dental work) and recovery from multiple bullets in his torso (but, we're all glad), and the impressive monster rising from the sulphur-rock. The lighting storm doing a direct hit and super-charging the creature. Wow. Plus, how can you not think that ending was a mind-blower back in 1942.
Always enjoyable from the start. I love it when Ygor just keeps kicking stones from the castle at the beginning down at the fist-shaking villagers. And Chaney? Go, Lonster, go!
-Ron Adams, Ligonier, PA
Hey Bash Synchers! For many years this film eluded me, I grew up with repeated viewings of Frankenstein, Son of, ...Meets The Wolfman, House of..., but this one never popped up on Project Terror or Creature Features. It was just a few years ago when it was released with the Frankenstein Legacy DVDs that I was able to see it for the first time. This was only my second viewing, and I loved it!
It is fast paced and fun, with a florid, melodramatic score. I thought the creatures relationship with the little girl was interesting. The idea of having her brain in his head as he wanted makes me want to see a "What If..." movie. I was especially impressed with Bela's portrayal of Ygor. He really hides himself in the role, it is hard to believe it is the same guy who played the suave, sophisticated Dracula. Lon does an admirable job as the creature, in the first non-Karloff appearance.
It was great to see the big four supporting actors (Bellamy, Hardwicke, Atwill and Ankers) together. All in all, an entertaining night of Monster Bashing! Looking to one of my favorites...swashbuckling vampires! Captain Kronos!
-Ken, San Luis, Mexico
Malcolm didn't get a chance to watch this past weekend, but still wanted to put in these comments:
Hi Ron, Sadly I didn't get a chance to watch this over the weekend, what with the Toy Fair...but I do want to say a few things about GOF. And that being Lon Chaneys performance. This is one of those films where he gets knocked around for his acting or he was miscast. Well I think he does a fine job and he plays the part as written and how he was directed..Just think how hard it was to follow Karloff..couldn't have been easy..theres alot of good things in this movie from Bela Lugosi to Evelyn Ankers..and Universals last solo monster movie. All in all much fun!!
-Malcolm Gittins, Pittsburgh, PA
Ghost of Frankenstein, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
This is seriously my favorite of the classic Universals. It's partly
This film also begins the "monster myths" -
The story moves
-Kevin Slick, Louisville, CO
The opening sequence in the village of Frankenstein has all the mood and feeling of the first three films. The scenes of Ygor throwing stones at the villagers is a highlight of the film. It's nice to see Dwight Frye even if he only has one line. The monster's resurrection by lightning is powerful - one of the best in the entire series.
Chaney makes a teriffic monster. He infuses his monster with brute strength. You can feel that the monster is ready to go beserk at any moment.
The only problem I had with Chaney is that he's silent. Some powerful growls would have enhanced his performance.
Back in the day, FM would show stills of the Lonster covered in that sulphur-rock stuff and
Hey Steven, me too! -Ron
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Ron and Steve:
Above: A drawing sent in by David "The Rock" Nelson.
A fave movie of mine, "GHOST of Frankenstein" Sat. night(12-3-11), starring The "GRR"-eat(Great) Lon Chaney(Jr) a.k.a. "The LON-ster"(Lon + Monster = "LON-ster")! So, I drew this picture of Lon Chaney as The Monster Mon. nite, after I ate my 3-egg Swiss cheese omelette, hashbrowns, pancakes & "Java"(coffee) in The "Pickwick Restaurant", right next-door to The Historic, 150 years-young "Pickwick Theatre" in Park Ridge, IL!
David "The Rock" Nelson - Des Plaines, IL