"A flash of lightning illuminated the object, and discovered its shape plainly to me; its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy daemon, to whom I had given life." -- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

"Your father was Frankenstein, but your mother was the lightning!" – Ygor, Ghost of Frankenstein.

Ghost of Frankenstein is where the Universal Frankenstein series really starts to run out of ideas. It's basically a 'greatest hits' compilation rather than a movie in its own right.  It starts right out with the angry peasants and goes straight into the destruction of the castle, and then just meanders its way through Frankensteinian tropes.

Thunderbolts and lightning, not especially frightening to me!
Thunderbolts and lightning, not especially frightening to me!

It does bring two innovations to the Frankenstein story. First, it brings up the idea that the Monster is indestructible. Second, it introduces the trope of the Monster being frozen in something and needing to be revived (this time it's sulphur, but later it becomes quicksand or ice). ...continue reading "Ghost of Frankenstein – 1942"