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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
More howls than you can shake a shiver at!!!
Two hapless frieght handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.
"I've had this brain for thirty years. It hasn't done me any good!" ~ Wilbur Grey
This might not have been the first comedy horror film ever made, but it certainly stands as a classic of the genre. In 2007, Reader's Digest listed it among the "top 100 funniest films of all time" and AFI has rated it #56 among the 100 Funniest American Movies Of All Time.
The situation is ridiculous in the extreme. Florida freight handlers Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello) and Chick Young (Bud Abbott) deliver two crates to McDougal's House of Horrors. They allegedly contain the remains of Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange).
Dr. Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert) plans to help Dracula…
The scariest of all of the Universal Horror movies because it's about how all of the women in Costello's life are only feigning interest in him romantically in order to achieve some professional/sinister goal. Too real.
"Don't you know what's going to happen now?" "I'll bite." "No, I will."
Great blending of cinematic universes here, between Abbott and Costello's proto-sitcom, whipcrack-timed jokey gentleman comedy and the world of Universal Monsters, in which Dracula and Frankenstein('s monster) stalk the streets and every night is a full moon.
Wilbur Grey: "Well that's gonna cost you overtime because I'm a union man and I work only sixteen hours a day."
McDougal: "A union man only works eight hours a day!"
Wilbur Grey: "I belong to two unions."
One of the best horror-comedies of all-time, and absolutely deserves to be talked about with the same respect as Dracula, The Wolfman & Frankenstein... even if the title of the movie is factually incorrect (they meet Frankenstein's monster, not the good doctor).
Cinematographer Charles Van Enger, who shot the original Phantom of the Opera (and a movie with the incredible title of Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla) does stellar work here. I've always been a big fan of…
It's not exactly a barrel of laughs, and I don't think I can entirely blame age for that, as I find Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers hilarious. Those are comedians that offer tragedy and nightmares; stuff that cuts deep, hurts, confuses, and will always make me laugh. Abbott and Costello just do polished jokes; their craftsmanship evokes respect, but not much laughter.
What I do love about it, is how seriously it takes itself as a horror movie. Lon Chaney Jr. plays it completely straight and makes his Wolfman as tragic as he did when he first played the role. Bela Lugosi gives a more caricatural performance as Dracula, but still one that shows how much he cared for this character; he's at least as good here as he was in the original Dracula.
Those expecting a pure comedy may be surprised to find a horror movie that happens to have two comedians in it.
This is a film that would benefit from seeing it in a theatre with a large audience, or at least with a group of people at home. Lying in bed and watching it just didn't seem to cut it. My mind would acknowledge when something was funny, but never once did I laugh.
Actually, that isn't quite true. I did laugh once, but it wasn't at something meant to be funny. The only time I laughed was when Frankenstein throws the bad girl out the window near the end. Now that was funny.
Really, it's my own fault that I didn't like this more. I should have rounded up the gang and totally bro'd out while watching this. Instead I watched it in bed, cause hey, I'm a super lazy person.
The first and arguably the greatest of the A & C comedy horror films. I still have a softspot for Jekyll and Hyde but this film is pretty awesome.
My dad says this is the best movie EVER made. It's pretty close.
The best comedy/horror movie of all time, and one of the best movies of all time. It's not a comedy with monsters; it is a monster movie with comedians. Bela Lugosi is the true heart of the show, as he charismatically haunts every scene.
A pair of bumbling freight handlers lost some precious cargo resulting in their meeting Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and the Wolf Man. I don't quite think the Universal monsters work well as punchlines. Their incessant talk makes them all the less scary and that criticism is only valid because the film does try to scare us as well as make us laugh. The scares never happen.
The laughs, though, they are pretty hearty throughout but in the most odd of ways. It's odd in that Lou Costello holds the whole film up by himself. The script never gives Bud Abbott anything to do. They don't let him play Costello's straight man or someone as zany. They just let him blend into…
I am not much of an Abbott and Costello fan and this film didn't win me over. I can appreciate that children probably loved this movie for years, but I found it pretty stupid. A couple of scenes made me laugh.
Easy and fun. Costello is pretty funny. Abbott isn’t even a straight man, though, he’s just a nothing character.
Hoop-tober Film #29: 1940s/Monster/35mm
As a novice to the world of Abbott and Costello, my big fear (ha) going into the flick was that the Universal Monsters I know and love would be reduced to punchlines and embarrassed. Luckily, that's hardly the case (there is a scene of The Wolfman bumbling about after Costello that made me cringe a bit) as it is quite a fun ride. The plot doesn't make too much sense if you think about it, but by the time this umpteenth (possibly unofficial) sequel was released that's hardly a valid quibble with the Universal Monsters. I would like to seek out some more Abbott and Costello after this.
The genius of whoever it was who put these things together is that they understood that waiting for a joke and waiting for a scare are essentially the same.
Also, with everybody trying to create big shared universes and movies for existing IP (including the Universal Movie Monsters), these guys did it pretty damn well near 70 years ago.
What starts out as a typical Bud and Lou adventure, rife with wordplay and slapstick, becomes a unique concoction once Dracula, The Monster and the Wolf Man come in to play. While Abbott and Costello play everything for laughs, Lugosi, Chaney and Strange play their roles pretty straightforward, creating a genuine tension between their Romantic horror roots and the farce occurring around them.
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