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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

Released 1943
Distributor Universal Pictures

The inventive director Roy William Neill makes the first of the Universal Monster rallies an exciting and surprisingly scary thrill-ride. Lon Chaney’s Wolf Man just happens to bump into the Frankenstein monster and in this particular universe, it all seems quite natural. Patrick Knowles plays the doctor who seeks to cure Chaney and revive the monster – now played by Bela Lugosi for the first and only time. The unnerving graveyard scene in which two ill-advised thieves desecrate the Wolf Man’s tomb is a highlight of Universal horror.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming anthology film Nightmare Cinema. Joe is also the frequent co-host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!