Under-rated third film in the series continues the story many years later with the son of the mad doctor returning and being coaxed into continuing his father's work. Hard to watch without invoking the spirit of the later parody 'Young Frankenstein'. Lugosi gives a performance of note here almost making up for the ham of Rathbone's turn. The last Karloff appearance in the series.
The weakest but most fun of the first Frankensteins. Maybe even the best set design. Mel Brooks basically just rebooted the script, heightened it only a tiny bit, and added some songs to make his masterpiece Young Frankenstein. For that alone we owe this movie great praise.
Lee doesn't have Whale's facility for fluid camera movement but SON OF is a very good & overlooked chapter in the FRANKENSTEIN saga. Rathbone is especially excellent, but the film belongs to Lugosi, whose physicality--stoic/creepy, menacing/impish--is a lost art. Karloff, unfortunately, doesn't have much to do. Incredible set & production design. Welcome gallows humor but overly long.
The film that restarted the Universal horrors for the 40's. Undeniably classic and better than Young Frankenstein would have you think. This is just so well made that you can't tear yourself away. Unfortunately none of the later sequels really kept up the same quality.