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The scariest comedy of all time!
A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, Frau Blucher. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather was delusional, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind...
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“Stay close to the candles. The stairway can be...treacherous.”
Picture it: A dark and shadowy castle, Gothic and candlelit. Cobwebs and cobblestones. The sky is heavy with clouds, yet the moon glows ominously. Perhaps it is raining—at the very least, it is damp and dank. The castle contains multitudinous passageways—staircases, hidden hallways, secret lairs. Every room is cavernous, yet the shadows press down, suffocating the space. Large, ominous portraits hang on the walls, their eyes seeming to follow the inhabitants.
You can see it in your mind, can’t you? Your image and mine are essentially the same. It wouldn’t always have been that way. A given set of words can conjure only so many images, to be…
One of the best comedies ever made. It's that simple.
All these modern 'movie spoofs' can learn a thing or two from this film. Parody is a powerful thing when done right.
The only downside of this film is that it always makes me remember how much I miss Wilder's comedic genius.
His and old fish eyes' of course.
I saw it at the theater when it was first released and the audience had a rip snorting good time!
40 years later my experience was quite different! While I smiled for the duration of the film I knew something was amiss! I wasn't laughing out loud! "Abbey Normal" no longer made me burst out in raucous laughter!
For me it didn't withstand the test of time! What I once loved, has been reduced to nothing more than a fond memory!
Often quoted as Mel Brooks' masterpiece, Young Frankenstein is not only a love letter to the horror genre, but a love letter to cinema itself. Reconstructing Mary Shelley's novel, Mel Brooks creates a story around Frankenstein's grandson, who ends up taking the same course of his ancestor when he repeats his grandad's experience after discovering his instruction manual.
Young Frankenstein is composed of a chilling beauty, it's pure expressionism. As a tribute to the German Expressionist movement—something that is immediately felt through Gerald Hirschfeld's cinematography—Mel Brooks provides us another genius comedy that ridicules its source material (be it Mary Shelley's novel or Whale's film) & that happens to be hilarious.
Comparing to Spaceballs (which was the last movie I saw from…
Even though Young Frankenstein is one of my mom and stepdad's favorite movies (and one of the few movies they actually have on DVD), I have somehow managed not to see it until now!
The entire cast was fantastic although it was a bit hard not to notice that the female characters had to be so hypersexual and not quite as well-written, with almost all of the jokes surrounding their characters referring to sex. Maybe it can just be chocked up to the sexual exploration of the 1970s and the fact that the female comic wasn't taken quite as seriously yet (some would argue they're still not taken very seriously as compliments for women in comedy usually range from "she's…
Young Frankenstein is a brilliant parody movie. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn are all great. But, the real star of the show here is Marty Feldman. His presence makes every scene much better. The story is really interesting, and the movie looks pretty good. The music is phenomenal. The writing is fantastic. This really showed me that Mel Brooks isn't just a great comedy director, but a great director in general. Has he ever made a serious movie, a drama for example? Cause I would really want to see that.
Enjoyed it more than I thought, seemed like a very tame Mel Brooks film compared to some of his others. Maybe that was because of Gene Wilder co-writing the script and having a large amount of creative control from the sound of things. The laughs are more sporadic here but often clever and varied. The entire cast is excellent and the decision to go black-and-white was a great one, adds a lot to the vibe and feel of the movie in general. The story is interesting, though obviously influenced in a big way. I like that Frederick Frankenstein actually goes through a character arc and that while he and the monster are the focus all of the supporting cast get moments to shine.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: "Werewolf?"
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: "What?"
Igor: "There, wolf. There, castle."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: "Why are you talking that way?"
Igor: "I thought you wanted to."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: "No, I don't want to."
Igor: "Suit yourself. I'm easy."
Yes this is one of the best comedies of all time and yes my name is Pool Leicester, not Paul Lister.
The Best joke in the film? The sound of horses whining at the mere sound of Frau Blucher's name. I piss myself every time!
Some more classic lines:
"I heard the strangest music from the upstairs kitchen and I just... followed it down. Call it... a hunch. Ba-dum chi."
Igor: "Abby someone."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: "Abby someone. Abby who?"
Igor: "Abby... Normal."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: "Abby Normal?"
Frustrating to the highest degree: I expected so much more from this as it was a favorite of a few friends, but I honestly ended up liking this more as an old-school monster movie than as a comedy. This might have been a case where being faithful to the genre/form it is worked against the film rather than for it: It's too slow, too dry, and lacks a sufficient bite or subversion. Though Brooks' production design is magnificent and Wilder looks the part without question, I ended up not laughing once, though there were a few chuckles. Marty Feldman as Igor (Eye-gore?) is a fantastic, bug-eyed performance, and Herr Falkstein has entered my pantheon of "Characters who need a funnier…
Had quite a bit of fun watching this one (and I also have "Puttin' on the Ritz" stuck in my head).
My all time favorite Gene Wilder performance, and one of Mel Brooks' best movies.
My third Mel Brooks’ comedy, after HISTORY OF THE WORLD: PART I (1981, 6/10) and HIGH ANXIETY (1977, 6/10), and I daresay it is his best! It is a monochrome homage to Frankenstein’s monster franchise and magnificently crafted as a whole new parody with a sterling cast. Unfortunately I haven’t watched any of Universal’s classical horror series, so it is nonviable for me to discern how the homage aspect proceeds, nevertheless, it doesn’t hamper my appreciation of this film.
Wilder is Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (the self-claimed pronunciation is Fronkensien), a medical professor in America, whose grandfather is the notorious mad scientist Victor Frankenstein, is lured back to inherit his family estate in Transylvania, but as a scientist himself, Frederick is…
Sin duda la mejor pelicula de Mel Brooks. La más graciosa y la mas cuidada cinematográficamente.
Gags muy cachondos y que no pierden con el paso de los años. La interpretación de Gene Wilder de excentrico científico es memorable. Todo se une a una fotografía y musica que nos lleva a las clásicas peliculas de terror de la Universal.
Escena favorita: Muchas, pero hoy me quedo con las de Marty Feldman y su joroba y las caras de Gene Wilder de extrañeza cuando cambia de sitio la joroba.
I liked this film more on a second viewing. The sexual innenuendo is hilarious, and Peter Boyle & Marty Feldman have some hilariously great roles. Perhaps my issue with the film is the various tangents it takes throughout the movie. Trying to hold the cast together and it could have been done a bit better. But it's still Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks right at their peak.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game