More 3 1/2 and more for the really impressive technical work on the film. The set design is astonishing. The camera flow is unbelievable, especially for its time. Bela is fun every time he's on screen and the film is short. I definitely got homoerotic undertones between Pierre and his roommate which was interesting. Other than that the acting sans Bela and the storyline was pretty weak. Still worth seeing though.
Apparent re-editing harms the storyline, but the real stars are the direction, atmosphere, camerawork and of course the towering presence of Lugosi. Forever in the shadows of the great Universals, there is enough here to show promise of what Florey might have made of Frankenstein.
Outside of maybe SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, this was the most full-blown German Expressionist of the Universal Horrors. (The carnival tent sideshow at the beginning is so freakin' cool-looking in that regard! It's like a Tim Burton wet-dream!!!) Lugosi (naturally) kills it as the mad Dr. Mirakle. Robert Florey is a visualist to the Nth-Degree! I wish he would have handled a few more of the "Famous Monsters" flicks!