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Son of Frankenstein

Released 1939
Distributor Universal Pictures

The last “official” appearance by a 52 year-old Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein monster gives this 1939 entry a melancholy tone that’s dispelled whenever Lionel Atwill and Bela Lugosi appear as the one-armed Inspector Krogh and the double-dealing Ygor. Basil Rathbone stars as the unflappable Wolf von Frankenstein though the notion of giving life to the comatose monster makes him as excitable as his old man. The impressively lofty sets were designed by Jack Otterson.

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!