Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, released in 1943, is the first movie in what is considered the "Monster Mash era." During this period, which lasted into the 1950's, in a last ditch effort to keep the horror monsters alive, Universal decided to put a number of the monsters it made famous into movies together. This movie features Bela Lugosi as the Monster. It's ironic that 12 years after originally refusing to play the Monster in Frankenstein, Lugosi finally decides to play the character here, and it's also ironic that Lugosi is playing the Monster after Ygor (also by Lugosi) had his brain transplanted into the Monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein. Another interesting fact is that this movie written to be a sequel for both The Ghost of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.
|These have got to be the two unluckiest grave robbers ever.|
While at Castle Frankenstein, Talbot sees the full moon and transforms into the Wolf Man, and while he is wrecking the place, Talbot manages to revive the Monster by pure chance, falling through to the frozen caves under the castle. With the Monster revived, Talbot finds that the Monster has no idea where Frankenstein put his notes, and decides to seek out the Baroness, Elsa Frankenstein (played by Ilona Massey). After the Monster crashes a village festival, Elsa decides to give Talbot the notes. Along with the help of Dr. Mannering (Patric Knowles), the plan is to find a way to permanently dispose of both Talbot and the Monster.
|Larry Talbot after reviving the Monster|
|Lugosi and Chaney, two horror icons|
After the Monster attempts to whisk away Elsa, the Wolf Man attacks the Monster, allowing her to run out of the castle with Dr. Mannering. The Monster and the Wolf Man continue to fight around the lab until a flood meant to destroy all the castle's inhabitants wipes them both away.
|The fight between the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster|
I give it a flawless 5 out of 5.