Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Psychobabble’s 31 Favorite Universal Horrors: #30

Halloween season simply isn’t Halloween season without a regular dose of classic Universal horror (1923-1963). Every day this October, I’ll be giving you a steady IV drip of it by counting down Psychobabble’s 31 Favorite Universal Horrors!

#30. The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942- dir. Erle C. Kenton)

By far the weakest of the Frankenstein movies, The Ghost of Frankenstein still has a bit going for it, the most notable thing being more time with Bela Lugosi in his best role: Ygor. The rest of the cast is strong too with appearances by such monster mainstays as Lon Chaney, Jr. (admittedly, not a great monster), Lionel Atwill, Evelyn Ankers, and Ralph Bellamy. We also see the first hob-nailed boot step in the Monster’s journey toward morphing into cuddly Herman Munster as he helps some kid get her ball down from a roof. Sure, he kills a couple of goofballs while doing it, but no one ever said redemption happens overnight.

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