Who wants to wait until the 31st to wallow in Halloween indulgences and scary movies?! Home Projectionist doesn’t! And so we’ll have pairings of 31 Frights and 31 Bites every one of October’s 31 nights: a scary, snack size movie “trick”, and a delicious “treat” to go along with it.
Trick & Treat for October 3rd:
SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939; Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Béla Lugosi) Villagers are mincing no words: they are none too pleased now that Frankenstein, Jr. (Rathbone) is back in town. Unwilling to forgive and forget. Junior, however, attempts to assuage their fears. He vows that he will not pick up where dad left off. But the remnants of his father’s legacy are all around him. The Frankenstein monster (Karloff) left a local constable (Lionel Atwill) with a rather acute injury. Then there’s the slightly off-kilter shepherd (a very creepy Béla Lugosi), who carries a grudge over the neck pains he incurred during that attempted hanging. With some self-serving revenge in mind, Lugosi persuades Jr. to take up dad’s old hobby. Predictably, it becomes quite a mess, and not a chocolaty one either. (Mel Brooks drew upon this excellent sequel for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.)