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'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.
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…
#25 of the December Project 2
When I was compiling a possible watchlist for December I came across this film and realised I'd never actually seen any Abbott & Costello pictures. I've seen loads of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy and even Harold Lloyd. But Abbott & Costello, a more modern pairing, had eluded me. Especially strange when you consider I've seen all the 'Road to' movies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. I like comedy pairings and I like old timey comedy. This seemed like an ideal opportunity to sort out this blip in my viewing history and luckily it was a blast. Which means I've discovered another avenue of pleasure for future challenges and film viewing.
The Abbott & Costello…
I haven't seen Abbott and Costello since I was a child and don't remember their comedy fondly, so I was rather surprised by this comedy horror. The duo were quite funny, whilst Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Lon Chaney Jr. as a werewolf and Glenn Strange as Frankenstein's monster did the horror well.
Just don't think they are funny won't watch anymore from them.
Comedy! Scares! Lon Chaney Jr in the baggiest pair of slacks I've ever seen!
Classic comedy, lots of slapstick, short run time, shallow story - enjoyed it more as a kid.
This is a very fun romp combining comedy and horror. Abbott and Costello are always funny, and it's a treat to see Bela Lugosi as Dracula again. Sure, there are lots of laughs, but the horror elements are kinda spooky and the monsters are treated with a lot of respect. The film works because of that - it doesn't fall into being too silly or too much of a spoof. The spoof elements combine nicely with the film also being an homage to Universal's classic monsters. Lots of fun, highly recommended.
'Specter Appreciation Month 2014'
Possibly my favorite Halloween picture. It's the closest monster mash, we'll ever get. Lugosi as Dracula, Chaney as The Wolf Man, and Price as the invisible man make this a treat to watch every year. It's a real downer Karloff couldn't reprise his role or else we'd have the defecto monster crossover flick. It's the Avengers before even being dreamt.
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!
Part of my Hoop-Tober challenge - Tales from the Black Bramford
Film #4: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
This was my first A&C film. I have of course heard the "Who's on First" routine, and have seen clips and things come up in pop culture, but never a feature. I don't think this will be my last.
I really liked that this was essentially a legitimate horror film, but with comedic leads. Everyone else in the film plays it straight. The film plays it straight. We don't have Frankenstein's monster opening his head and scratching his brain in thought; No Dracula with dentures; no Wolfman trying to shave. This isn't a parody, and that's really fucking cool. I can't…
- Ace in the Hole
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
- After Hours
- 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…
- 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)
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