FMTWM served as both a continuation of Ghost of Frankenstein (review HERE) and the 1941 classic The Wolf Man, and the studio wasn't coy about the two characters' eventual showdown. The story here finds The Wolf Man Lawrence Talbot accidentally brought back to life and searching for a way to kill himself. His travels take him to the old Frankenstein castle, where the monster is somehow still alive. This barebones plot is just a way to get the two monsters in the same room so they can fight. Not unlike a certain DC Comics crossover film released a few years back....
Anyway, there is unabashedly little substance to this movie but the filmmakers at least found ways to make it visually engaging, and its 74-minute running time flies by. So let's take a look at the pluses and negatives of Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man....
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, despite its obvious status as an early schlock film, is actually pretty visually stunning, in part due to extensive Dutch angles to create a sense of being off-balance. Unlike Ghost, which featured flat angles and drab cinematography, the filmmakers here made a conscious effort to at least draw the viewer in with the visuals.
Use of Shadows
In the same vein, this movie has a distinctly Expressionist look, with intense shadows that add to the gothic flavor. There may be very little going on plot-wise, but this is damn sure a fun movie to look at.
|Nice, atmospheric sets in this movie|