graverobbers break into the Talbot family tomb, they mistakenly
awaken the deceased Larry Talbot. Reborn by a ray of moonlight,
Talbot's curse once again awakens him as the terrible Wolfman.
Talbot seeks out a Dr. Frankenstein to see if he can assist him
in ending his living nightmare. Talbot does not find Dr. Frankenstein,
but his niece Elsa. While trying to find the secret to his own
death, Talbot and Elsa stumble across Frankenstein's secret
for life in the form of his monster. Now in the laboratory of
Dr. Frankenstein the Wolfman and the Monster will battle to the
Universal Studios decides to let the creatures loose in their
first crossover battle and the fans are the winners. The film
starts off quick and eerie, as once again the Universal sets are
dark yet beautiful, the film drags a bit towards the second half
but the impending showdown more than make up for the pace, as
the Wolfman and Frankenstein have a true go at each other.
Lon Chaney Jr. is once again the forever-cursed Talbot and he
does a great job of making you feel his tormented pain. But in
a truly huge surprise Bela Lugosi leaves the cape behind and picks
up the bolts and head gear and plays the Frankenstein Monster
this time around. Not as good as Karloff, but Lugosi does a good
job in filling the massive set of shoes of his predecessor.
A fairly decent flick and a great showdown for any fans of the
Universal Monsters, and way before Freddy VS Jason.
This was the film where Frankenstein's Monster got his signature
walk (with arms outstretched before him). This was because the
monster was blind in the screenplay and original version. The
movie was originally filmed with the monster speaking, Lugosi's
dialog was later deleted because of his accent, and it was no
longer possible to understand that the monster was blind, and
it just seemed he walked funny with his arms sticking up.