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!
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I’m hardly the target audience here as I must admit I’ve never actually seen any of the famous comedy duo’s other work as far as I know and there were a few aspects of their performance here that got somewhat tiresome for me. But having a bit of levity from our main non-monster characters definitely wasn’t the worst idea in the world.
But where a lot of people probably get a lot more out of Abbott and Costello than I do in this film, what really makes it work for me is how well-structured the monster story is here despite this being almost a parody. All three monsters (Dracula, the Wolf Man, and Frankenstein’s monster) appear on screen together on…
More mad-cap shenanigans from Abbott & Costello.
Here, they play a couple of hapless freight handlers & find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.
Far duller and dumber than I remember. I used to really like Abbott and Costello, but Abbott's abuse and Costello's constant mugging just aren't my style anymore.
This spoof casts Universal monsters Dracula and Frankenstein against bumbling Abbott and Costello, who count the Wolfman's alter ego, Mr. Talbot as an ally. Lugosi and Chaney play it straight and Abbott and Costello are almost consistently amusing, at least until the silly plot takes over towards the later half. Sadly, Frankenstein is not played by Boris Karloff, and the character spends mcuh of the time out of action. Surely Dracula would have been more appropriate in the title. The film ends with a surprising punchline from Vincent Price.
- Ace in the Hole
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
- After Hours
- À nos Amours
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes
- Adam's Rib
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
I Like to Watch…
- The Lost World
- The Old Dark House
- Island of Lost Souls
- King Kong
I decided not to clog this with Disney and Pixar. I imagine you see those whether you plan to or…