I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…
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.
It is gratifying to see Bela Lugosi return to the role of Dracula, the role that made both him and his character iconic, in one of the stronger films in Universal's Frankenstein series.
Clearly a film years ahead of its time, Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a well directed and definitely humorous film. Bela Lugosi obviously returns as Dracula and is flawless in his depiction: charming, manipulative and always menacing. Lugosi's return to the throne of Dracula alongside Lon Chaney Jr.'s return as Larry Talbot is finally the definitive combination for a horror film, two of Universal's best beasts played by two of horror's titans. Glenn Strange returns as Frankenstein's monsters and is serviceable though it is truly a…
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.
"You're awful silly to call me all the way from London just to have your dog talk to me."
Whether you are a fan of horror or comedy... this is a must see. You just can't go wrong with this classic comedy team. Not only do you get the genious of Abbott and Costello... you get the likes of Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi recurring ther famous monster roles. This film is just so much fun... more then worth the time put in to watch it. A must see!
I don't know why I even attempted this. Lou Costello just annoys me to pieces. I can see why some people adore it though.
It's got some peaks and valleys, not everything works, obviously some 1940s humor and slang is dated, and the ending feels a tad rushed, but this is a charming, disarmingly funny movie that is also respectful of its source material and characters. I found myself laughing quite a bit, and if they could have gotten Karloff to play the monster (probably a slew of contractual and/or health issues by then), it would have felt like a near-perfect final outing for these monsters, despite being a comedy. The movies had degenerated so far into self-parody by this point, that an actual comedy only made sense, anyway.
Bud and Lou are moving men who take on the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein’s Monster in a fight for Lou’s brain! A & C’s best film will likely be too genteel for today’s jaded kiddies, but it still works nicely thanks to the team’s peerless chemistry and some nostalgic monster mayhem. Strange’s monster, however, is no match for Karloff.
"WE'VE BARRICADED IT. HE CAN'T GET IN!"
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a lot of things: A great moronic comedy, an affectionate monster movie spoof, a genuine horror film, and a credible conclusion to the Universal monster series. Consider it the follow-up to House of Dracula and the best of the series since The Wolf Man in 1941. Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the Frankenstein Monster are all here and they're all in character. Bela Lugosi's Dracula—Bela playing the role for the first time since 1931—is sometimes in on the schtick, but Lon Chaney Jr. does a great job of seeming to not know that he's in a comedy. He's the classic angst-ridden Wolf Man, played straight.
The coffin of Dracula and the body of the…
"You don't want my brain. I've had it for thiry years and it still doesn't work."
Great comedy, can't believe I've never seen it.
Consider it a lost art, but only because it reflects a different mode of star power, matched by a different mode of genre/franchise consideration. It's even presented with a bizarrely uncertain title (Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, with an optional and?) that seems built to demonstrate its weirdness to that end. This is only the second Abbott and Costello picture to use Abbott and Costello as a title (after ... in Hollywood, fascinatingly enough); the equation-collision of star and role, of artist and artwork, working to combine the apparently-opposed institutions of "double act" and "popular monsters." Because Costello's presence is given the same weight as Lugosi's, it can play around with what that means within a single film. The…
You could see this merging of wildly different franchises as creatively bankrupt, but I like the chutzpah of it, and I like that pretty much everyone but Costello is playing it straight. That said, the jokes get really repetitive as the filmmakers rather lazily rely on the same "Lou freaks out" shtick again and again...though maybe they just knew how much that shtick would kill in '48.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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