Friday, August 16, 2019
Bela Lugosi Playing "Ygor" in the Universal "Frankenstein" Franchise
Ygor, or sometimes Igor, is a stock character lab assistant to many types of Gothic villains, familiar from many horror movies and horror movie parodies.
The sequel films Son of Frankenstein (1939) and The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) featured a character named Ygor, played by Bela Lugosi. This character, however, is neither a hunchback nor a lab assistant, but a blacksmith with a broken neck and twisted back. He reanimates the monster as an instrument of vengeance against the townspeople who attempted to hang him for grave-robbing. He survives a near-fatal gunshot and appears in the next film, in which his brain is placed in the monster's body.