Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
| 74 MINS | BW | UNIVERSAL |
The story begins after the events of The Wolf-Man and The Ghost of Frankenstein.
Two graverobbers break into the crypt of the Talbot family to rob from the grave of Larry Talbot ( AKA The Wolf-man ). The robbers remove the wolfsbane he was buried with and the shining rays of the full moon against his body awaken him from death. One of the graverobbers is killed as a result. Thus begins Larry Talbot's desperate search for a cure to his condition.
He is led in his search away from Britain to the remains of Frankenstein's castle where he looks for the notes of the dead scientist Dr Ludwig Frankenstein. By sheer chance, he falls into the castle's frozen catacombs and inadvertantly revives the Frankenstein Monster. Can the monster help him locate the dead scientist's notes and find a cure for his deadly curse?
When the Monster is unable to locate the notes of the long-dead doctor, Talbot seeks out Baroness Elsa Frankenstein, hoping that she can find them.
Elsa gives the notes to Talbot and Dr Mannering, who has tracked Talbot from Great Britain to Europe, so that they may be used in an effort to drain all life from both Talbot and the Monster. However, Dr Mannering's desire to see the Monster at full strength gets the better of him, and to Elsa's horror he decides to fully revive it. The experiment takes place on the night of a full moon, and Talbot transforms into his alter-ego just as the Monster regains his strength.
After the Monster carries off Elsa, the Wolf-Man attacks him. Elsa runs out of the castle with Dr Mannering. The Wolf-Man and the Monster engage in a fight, finally being swept away by a flood after the local tavern owner blows up the town's dam to drown the inhabitants of the castle.
Classic-Horror.com It's a tale that's well-told and well-acted, and it's a must for Universal fans.
Classic-Monsters.com: So very nearly a perfect film, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man is still infinitely better than many of its critics, at the time or since, will deign to admit.
AllMovie.com: A well-told, visually interesting film, Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman falls short of being the top-rank classic that it might have been.
Dr Frank Mannering: I can't do it! I can't destroy Frankenstein's creation. I've got to see it at its full power.