Tuesday, September 16, 2014
THE 100 GREATEST CROSSOVERS OF ALL TIME #29
I debated about whether or not to give individual entries to Universal's four "monster mashes," which are pretty much sui generis. I finally decided that although the films just barely keep continuity with one another, they do all use the same basic template, in which a mad scientist-- or, in one case, a vampire controlling a mad scientist-- interacts with at least two monsters, shows preferential treatment for one over the other, and gets undone by the neglected-child monster.
I won't go into great detail here, since I've reviewed all four monster mashes in depth on my film-blog. Links follow:
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943)
HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944)
HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945)
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948)