I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…
Bud Abbott Lou 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!
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.
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.
Finding the right tone in a horror comedy is an awfully difficult undertaking, no doubt due to the fact that what scares people and what makes people laugh can differ so much from audience to audience that blending the two together can create even more tonal chaos. It's failed for me in Young Frankenstein and Lesbian Vampire Killers but worked perfectly in Polanski's Fearless Vampire Killers or Zombieland but I've never seen it implemented before in a film from the studio era. Thankfully, they knew exactly what we were doing when this was made and even though I've never seen an Abbott and Costello film before, you can tell how comfortable they are in front of the camera and equally…
While being funny and having a spooky tone, it feels more like a comedy routine than a monster movie.
Part six of the 2014 Showcase Halloween marathon. One of my favorite movies ever made. Bud and Lou are at the top of their game, Lugosi is back as Dracula, Chaney and Strange doing their best, the monsters aren't Nerfed at all... this film is simply a joy on every conceivable level.
- Ace in the Hole
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
- After Hours
- To Our Loves
- Bud Abbott Lou 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…