A death fight...between two beasts!Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
is a Universal Horror
movie from 1943. It is a sequel for both The Wolf Man (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 attempt to rob his grave. After instantly transforming into a Wolf Man
and killing one of the robbers, 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, 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.
- Attack of the Town Festival: All the deadly doin's in Frankenstein's ruins take place during "the Festival of the New Wine."
- Back from the Dead: Larry in the opening.
- Beauty Mark: Elsa and the Monster (!) both have one.
- 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.
- Infant Immortality: Averted, as one of Larry's victims is a little girl in Vasaria.
- Kill It with Water: In the end one of the townsfolk blows up the dam near Ludwig Frankenstein's sanitarium to kill the Monster.
- Travel Montage: Shown when Larry travels to Vasaria with Maleva.
- Versus Title
- 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 Ghost of Frankenstein, as well as Bela the gypsy in The Wolf Man. 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.