Missed Opportunity

The usual Saturday night… sit back in the comfy recliner to watch Svengoolie, and wake up in the chair long after the movie is done.

Oh well, last night’s feature was “Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman”, so let’s feed it into the Roku from the attached USB and watch it this morning.

This could have been a classic in the Universal Horror collection, but for one glaring casting error. While Bela Lugosi made a good Dracula and a great Ygor, he was the worst actor ever to wear the neck bolts as the Monster. Between his facial expressions and his physicality as he moved around, it was just wrong. Karloff was king, Chaney Jr. wasn’t bad, and Glenn Strange did a fine job, but Bela? Not a good fit at all.

Let’s be thankful that Bela felt he was above the role when it was offered to him after Dracula’s success, and it eventually went to Karloff. If it had gone the other way, I believe the film would have been a flop, heralding the end of the Universal horror era before it had a chance to get underway, thus changing the course of horror films for the worse.

That’s all for now… I’m heading back into my coffin.

Published by Bob Vincent

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