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Two hapless frieght handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.
Better than The Avengers.
I'm not even a huge fan of the Abbott and Costello routine but the silliness of it all seems to work in a world where Dracula, Frankenstien, and The Wolf Man are all running amuck together.
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.
"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…
"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.
I've finally made it to March for the Cult Film Challenge I've got going on...clearly I'm wayyyy behind, but I will make up ground over the next few weeks.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was really fun and silly and just what I needed after a long day at uni and at work.
Costello is super sweet and I really liked his humour, goofiness and clumsiness...and Abbott is oh so serious haha, it kinda reminded me of the pairing of Gosling and Crowe in Nice Guys and made me wonder if Abbott and Costello were the one to start the serious/goofy guys pairing thing!
Anyway, it was fun, I doubt I would rush and watch it again or really seek…
I saw what I saw when I saw it!
I have been avoiding this movie most of my life out of some sort of misguided loyalty towards Universal Monsters. There's nothing wrong with loving those classic films, but where I went wrong is thinking of this movie as an insult to what I loved.
The fact is that this is not just a great Abbott and Costello movie, but it's actually a great Universal Monsters movie. First you have Bela Lugosi returning as Dracula for the first time since the 1931 Dracula, which is a huge win in my book already, then you add Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf-Man and the second best choice for Frankenstein's Monster…
Abbott and Costello are still funny and even though Karloff isn't in this one, the monsters are a lot of fun.
This will be the best film that I watch this Halloween season. I love this film. Abbott and Costello are brilliant and throw in the Universal Monsters and it makes for a mind-blowingly genius film that hits on all cylinders. I really love this film and it is fun to watch with the kiddos for a movie night.
Fluff. Love Lon Chaney Jr.
Costello: "you saw that tooth!"
Abbott: "uh, huh"
Costello: "she had so much bridge work, that everytime I kissed her I had to pay a toll"
Lon Chaney Jr: "I know you'll think I'm crazy but, in half an hour the moon will rise, and I'll turn into a wolf..."
Costello: "...you, and twenty million other guys" (cymbal crash!)
Abbott: "oh relax. Now that we've seen the last of Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the Monster there's nobody to freighten us anymore..."
Vincent Price: "oh that's too bad, I was hoping to get in on the excitement!"
Abbott: "who said that!?"
Vincent Price: "allow me to introduce myself I'm the Invisible Man! Huh-ha ha hah-ha ha!
They don't really meet Frankenstein.
Pure genius. I haven't seen this one in many years, and it was a lot of fun to rewatch it with my young children, who loved it. Abbott and Costello are experts in both physical and verbal comedy, and they practice their craft with impeccable timing. I was amazed at how long and drawn-out some of the bits were. The early scene where Dracula first emerges from his coffin goes on for at least ten minutes, setting up one gag after the other, each building on the gag that came before. No director these days would dare invest that kind of time just to develop a laugh. As Dracula and the Wolfman, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. were both still in their prime when they made this one. The film's only weak link is Glenn Strange as Frankenstein's monster. Too bad they couldn't get Boris Karloff.
I am 100% behind the Universal monsters' plan to fuck with Bud Abbott mercilessly.
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