A death fight...between two beasts!Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
is a Universal Horror
movie from 1943. It is a Cross Over
sequel for both The Wolfman (1941)
and The Ghost of Frankenstein
and it is Universal's first Monster Mash
Four years after his death in The Wolf Man
, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) is awakened from his slumber when two vagrants open his grave. After instantly transforming into a Wolf Man
and killing one of them, he finds himself in Cardiff, Wales.
After his warnings of his lycanthropy
are ignored, he escapes and starts searching for the Gypsy
-woman Maleva (Maria Ouspenskaya), in hopes that she'll know how to kill him permanently
. The two set out for the Eastern European village of Vasaria, where, according to Maleva, a certain Dr. Frankenstein lives.
After reaching the place and finding out that Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein is dead and his place is in ruins (as seen in the end of The Ghost of Frankenstein
), they attempt to continue their journey, when Larry transforms yet again and in the next morning wakes up in the basement of the ruins. There he finds the Frankenstein's Monster
) trapped in a block of ice.
Enter Dr. Mannering (Patric Knowles) from Cardiff and the original Dr. Frankenstein's granddaughter, Elsa (Ilona Massey), and the clash between the monsters is about to begin...
Next up, Dracula
joins the party in House of Frankenstein
- Aborted Arc: All references to the ending of The Ghost of Frankenstein were cut, which keeps the Monster as the Man Child it was portrayed before.
- Arc Words: The "Even a man who is pure in heart..." poem is repeated yet again.
- As You Know: Larry fills in the audience on his condition's origins by reminding Maleva that it was her son Bela who passed the werewolf curse on him. As if the poor woman wouldn't remember something like that.
- Attack of the Town Festival: All the deadly doing's in Frankenstein's ruins take place during Vasaria's "the Festival of the New Wine."
- Back from the Dead: Larry comes alive the instant when the wolfbane is removed from his casket and moonlight shines upon him.
- Beauty Mark: Elsa and the Monster (!) both have one.
- Big Dam Plot: Vazec, the tavern owner in Vasaria, becomes tired of waiting for Dr. Mannering and Elsa to get rid of the two monsters and decides to take matters to his own hands by blowing up the nearby dam, and drowning the two.
- Cassandra Truth: Dr. Mannering and Inspector Owen disregard Larry's warnings of his werewolf tendencies as ravings of a madman.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Dr. Mannering, the head doctor at the mental hospital where Larry was sent to at the beginning of the film for his "delusions". After Larry escapes, we expect that to be the last we see of him...but he actually follows Talbot all the way to Vasaria (with the help of the newspaper reports of his werewolf attacks), where he attempts to take him back to the hospital, but when he finds out that Larry is ''not'' a lunatic, and in fact a real werewolf, he agrees to assist him with his plan.
- Cool vs. Awesome: It's all there in the name.
- Diary: Dr. Frankenstein's journal appears once again, this time to provide a vital clue on how to destroy the Monster and bring Larry the death he yearns for.
- Evasive Fight Thread Episode: The two monsters fight at the end with no winner, since their arena is flooded due the dam bursting.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Guess which two Universal monsters meet up in this movie.
- Fainting: When the fully powered Monster grabs Elsa and starts carrying her from the lab, she faints.
- For Science!: Dr. Mannering cannot bring himself to destroy The Monster after studying late Dr. Frankenstein's papers, and decides to restore him to his full power instead in the name of science.
- Human Popsicle: Larry finds the Monster in the cold underside of the sanitarium's ruins, encased in ice.
- Suspiciously Apropos Music: "Come one and all and sing this song... For Life is short and Death is long..." No wonder Larry gets upset.
- Torches and Pitchforks: Averted. The townsfolk of Vasaria are ready to storm the ruins of the sanitarium to destroy the Monster after it interrupts their festival, but are convinced to not to by the mayor and Dr. Mannering. And by the end, the townsfolk sit out on this film's climax and only one of them takes action.
- Versus Title
- Wrench Whack: Dr. Mannering tries to defend Elsa with a wrench from the Monster, but he gets swatted aside and loses consciouness.
- You Look Familiar:
- Dwight Frye and Lionel Atwill, who'd appeared in several earlier Frankenstein films as different characters, show up yet again here. Ditto Patric Knowles, who was Frank Andrews in the first Wolf Man film and plays Dr. Mannering here.
- Not to mention that Bela Lugosi had played Ygor in Son of Frankenstein and The Ghost of Frankenstein, as well as Bela the gypsy in The Wolfman (1941). Or that Lon Chaney, Jr. had played the Monster in Ghost.
- Zombie Gait: This film is the Trope Codifier for the stretched-arms walk for the Frankenstein's Monster.
- This is actually an artifact from the film's original script, which had the Monster blinded (a holdover from the end of The Ghost of Frankenstein). While this was discarded in editing, it makes Lugosi's awkward lumbering much more understandable in context.