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.
Abbott and Costello meet neither Frankenstein nor any ghosts – as the original UK release title would have it – in this well-crafted and oft hilarious though sometimes somewhat repetitive star vehicle, which is generally considered to be the comic duo’s greatest feature, but they do meet Frankenstein’s Monster (Strange), The Wolf Man (Chaney), and Dracula (Lugosi), not to mention a couple of exotic beauties with an apparently abnormal taste in men – both claim to fancy Lou Costello’s Wilbur Grey!
They don’t, of course, as both have an alternative agenda: the first, Sandra (Aubert), is in league with Dracula, and is busily trying to procure the poor schlub’s brain for the Monster’s restoration; and the second, Joan (Randolph), an…
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…
This was the first movie I ever saw of the Bud Abbott and Lou Costello duo and therefore it was my first encounter with their comedic style. First of all, I must say that I found it really funny and at times, hilarious. Being the funny man, Costello was clearly the most amusing of the couple, but Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Glenn Strange as The Monster, and Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man also made me laugh a lot.
This movie was a parody of horror movies of the time, when slashers hadn't taken form yet. Most horror films from the early '30s until the late '50s were monster movies and in this particular comedy three of the most…
Why would anyone be friends with Bud Abbott? That dudes a dick!
The deadliest thing in the film is the silence after all of the "jokes".
Without exaggeration, the vast majority of the 90 minute running time is devoted to Lou Costello alternating between two hammy emotions: lovesick and scared out of his wits. Meanwhile, Bud Abbott plays the Scully to Lou's Mulder and stubbornly refuses to believe that the monsters around him are real. He steadfastly ignores his friend's protestations for over an hour. It's repetitive, tedious and unfunny.
The film flirts with amusement on a couple of occasions but fails repeatedly to follow through on its potential. Early on, Lou is put under Dracula's mesmerizing spell. This could be a set-up to have Lou play a Renfield-like foil/fool to the…
This is the film that I purchased my Abbott and Costello box set for. Seventeen (actually quite enjoyable) films later, and I am here. Finally. And it was okay. I mean, Budd Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein is a bonkers but brilliant idea - especially when you throw in Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. reprising their iconic roles. I think the story and the comedy could have been stronger, but it was good seeing the Universal monsters inhabit the screen again (except for Glenn Strange. That was possibly the worst portrayal of the monster I have seen). I guess, overall, I was a little disappointed. This is by no means my favourite Abbott and Costello film - that honour currently remains with Who Done It? (1942) - but it's also not my least favourite. I guess perhaps my expectations were too high.
This movie is certainly "Bringing up baby's" gloomy counterpart. Up until the very end, this movie is a great combination of a dark monstrous universe made up to make you shiver and the humour of being afraid of the dark and scary world of the night. It's one of those real good oldschool goosebump-movies!
I saw what I saw when I saw it.
To borrow an idea from Tarantino, this film proves it's not merely joking around when a woman is thrown out a window to her presumable death. For that fact, a few solid gags, and mise-en-scene for miles this film gets a pass.
It has a lot of charm, but I just don't think it holds up as well as other classic comedies.
- 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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