"...and then they will put my brain into your body!" "What?"
"Your father was Frankenstein, but your mother was the lightnink!"The Ghost of Frankenstein
is the fourth part in Universal
films, released in 1942.
Following the Son of Frankenstein
, we find out that Ygor (Bela Lugosi
) survived being shot and still lives in the Castle Frankenstein. When the angry local villagers blow up the castle to get rid of the so-called "Frankenstein's curse", the Frankenstein's Monster
(Lon Chaney Jr.) is accidentally freed from the sulfur pit where it fell in the last film.
Ygor then decides to take the monster to meet Ludwig Frankenstein, previously unmentioned son of the original Dr. Frankenstein
, to persuade him to restore the Monster's strength.The Ghost
was the last of the original Frankenstein
films and subsequent movies featuring the Monster were Monster Mashes
, starting with Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
The Ghost of Frankenstein brings us these all new thrills:
- Alliterative Name: Erick Ernst.
- Axe Before Entering
- Back from the Dead: Ygor has survived being shot in the last film.
- Blackmail: Ygor threatens Ludwig to reveal Frankenstein's reputation to the citizens of Vasaria if he won't help The Monster.
- Brains and Brawn: Ygor's the brains and Guess Who is the Brawn. In the end they become both, but it doesn't go exactly as planned.
- Breaking the Bonds
- Cue the Sun
- Diary: Ludwig consults his father's diary for help.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite Ygor's homicidal hatred of the rest of the world, he does genuinely care about the Monster and considers him his only friend.
- Flashback with the Other Darrin: clips of the first movie are shown at one point, with Colin Clive in his proper place, but close-ups of Boris Karloff were re-filmed with Lon Chaney.
- For Science!
- Hoist by His Own Petard: This happens to both the ambitious Doctor Bohmer and Ygor. Ygor gets his brain transplanted into the Monster, only to go blind because he has a different blood type from the original intended transplantee; and a raging Ygor-Monster then hurls Bohmer into the machinery, electrocuting him.
- Hollywood Darkness
- Immortality Immorality: Ygor wants to have his brain put into the Monster so he can live forever. He gets his wish and then everything goes sour. First he goes blind, and then he gets burned alive in the laboratory. And it only gets worse if you remember that the Monster never gets a new brain in the series but is reduced in intellect to a lumbering brute. Which means that Ygor was trapped inside an inarticulate monster's body forever.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: This film establishes the lightning as the Monster's power source.
- Lightning Reveal: The Monster's shadow is cast on a wall when lightning strikes.
- Man Child: The Monster.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Monster is released from the petrified sulfur pit when the angry villagers destroy Castle Frankenstein early in the film.
- Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Just when he's about to destroy the sedated Monster, the late Dr. Frankenstein's ghost appears to Ludwig and convinces to let the monster live and give it an another set of brains.
- Ominous Fog
- Screaming Woman: Elsa
- Secret Path
- Strapped to an Operating Table
- Stuff Blowing Up: Ludwig's lab blows up when the blinded monster starts thrashing around.
- Torches and Pitchforks:
- Trivial Title: The Ghost is on screen for about 60 seconds.
- The Voiceless: The Monster until the brainswitch.
- Voices Are Mental: Even with his brain in the Monster's body, Ygor keeps his voice.
- We Can Rule Together: Ygor uses this to convince Dr. Bohmer to put his brain into the Monster's body.
- The X of Y
- Zombie Gait: The Monster gains his signature gait, due to his blindness.