Universal Pictures’ SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939)

Aurora at Once Upon a Screen is paying tribute to one of Universal horror’s great guilty pleasures. Starring Karloff Lugosi and Rathbone who could ask for anything more! Son of Frankenstein… just in time for Halloween…

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My absolute favorite horror movies are those produced by Universal Pictures during the studio’s horror hey day.  Today I am dedicating a post to a prime example of the era, one that stands among my favorites from the Universal entries that tell the continuing saga of Frankenstein and his monster – Rowland Lee’s Son of Frankenstein (1939) starring Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.

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In the Universal Frankenstein timeline Son of Frankenstein follows and is a sequel to James Whale’s masterful The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and proves to be a worthy successor.  That is despite the inconsistency following what we thought was the final destruction of The Monster in Bride.  If you happen to enjoy Universal horror movies, however, inconsistencies are part of the charm and if you watch all of those Universal entries from the 1940s you’ll note The Monster is hard to kill.  That…

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