"...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: Erik Ernst, the lawyer of Vasaria and Elsa Frankenstein's boyfriend.
- Axe Before Entering: As Erik locks the door behind him, the Monster soon break through it.
- Back from the Dead: Ygor survived being shot in the last film, and, of course, The Monster returns from being plunged into a sulfur pit.
- 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: The Monster is captured by the villagers of Vasaria and is brought to loal court for the two deaths he caused. Once Ludwig comes to see him and denies recognizing him, the Monster gets angry and breaks the chains that are tying him down.
- Cue the Sun: As Ludwig Frankenstein's mansion burns behind them, Elsa and Erik walk away from its horrors to greet the sunrise. The end.
- Diary: Ludwig consults his father's diary and his brother's journal 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.
- High Voltage Death: Ygor, enraged that Bohmer "tricked" him, throws him aside, and he hits a piece of lab equipment that malfunctions, frying him with electricity and causing a chain reaction which sets the entire establishment ablaze.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Secret Path: A hidden cell lies under a piece of heavy equipment in Ludwig's lab, where he keeps the Monster hidden from the law.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Ludwig's lab blows up when the blinded monster starts thrashing around.
- Surpassed the Teacher: Dr. Bohmer used to be Ludwig's teacher, but after his failed attempt at a brain transplant disgraced him, the tables were eventually turned and he is now his formers student's assistant. He is quite resentful for this, and is eager to comply with Ygor when he promises him better thing in exchange for help.
- Torches and Pitchforks: The villagers of Vasaria come to conclusion that the Monster must be hiding in Ludwig's mansion, and a mob with torches in hand forms to pay a visit.
- Trivial Title: The Ghost is on screen for about sixty seconds.