"This silly movie brought all of your favorite 1930s and '40s movie monsters--Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman--together for the first time. The reasons, not surprisingly, never get satisfactorily explained; plot was not this movie's strong suit. It featured lots of screaming and running around, and needed all the musical help it could get. Hans Salter, assisted by exiled German composer Paul Dessau, dressed the whole thing up in a terrific score that lacks only the last element of real symphonic continuity. Its 35 cues tend to just stop at the point where your natural sense of form wants to hear some neat resolution, but this is of course an occupational hazard of the medium. In any event, it's better to have the complete score on hand than to leave out some very atmospheric music simply because it doesn't "go" anywhere. Stromberg and his Moscow forces seem to enjoy the show, and they are vividly recorded. A winner."
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