Spencer Goodwin’s review published on Letterboxd:
Reviewed for The Letterboxd Season Challenge 2021-2022
Week 5: Universal Monster Week
This is the kind of film I would say are some of the best you can find when it comes to late October nights, bundled up on the couch, eating some pizza and having a nice drink at your side. The atmosphere is unmatched. Oh how I love October and fall weather.
Even ignoring the narrative, you can tell this movie has some very innovative filming methods that still hold up today. The homunculus scene is pretty inconsequential to the story, but it such a seamless effect to show real actors so small and it's done so effectively, that it's worth pointing out. Also, basically any shot of the castle/lab is always beautiful and perfect at setting the mood for the elaborate interior shots that the set designers must have put a lot of effort into.
Credit to Karloff for the slow transformation of the monster, and turning it into an even more sympathetic character who can't help but be manipulated by nefarious people when all he wants is to understand this world. He basically depicted what we still to this day identify as the creation of Frankenstein, which is a pretty big deal.
I will say I slightly preferred the original, but both of these movies are short enough that they make for a great double feature with a running time of about 140 minutes, which is awesome.