31 Days of Horror: Day 26 “Young Frankenstein”
Day 26: The scariest comedy of all time! Young Frankenstein.
Young Frankenstein is a movie I will watch year after year. The jokes are obvious and silly but the pacing is excellent and I never feel like I miss out the punchline. But what amazes me here is the actual attention to detail placed on delivering a product that feels like it I was made way back when. The staging shots are all done in a similar slow pan and the lighting tricks are simple but work well with the black and white to truly respect the original Frankenstein made in the 1930’s. This film is in no way a spoof of the original, it is a true homage to another classic from another time in cinema. An homage with great knockers.
I have to admit that I didn’t have time to re-watch this movie and it has been years since I’ve seen it, but it is one of my favorites. The movie is full of great on liners and is a classic Mel Brooks movie. The movie is a comedy rather than horror but Gene Wilder is a perfect actor to play the mad scientist and in my opinion brings an element of horror that would not have been in the movie if anyone else was cast to play the role. Between the props and the black and white filming the movie really makes you feel like you are watching the old 1931 Frankenstein movie and is a perfect parody of it. I think this is a must see movie not just for horror fans but for people who just appreciate film.
Like many of these films, I grew up watching this movie. I couldn’t tell you the amount of times I’ve seen this over the years. I have such a deep appreciation for it that when people tell me they don’t like it or they thought it was okay, I immediately lose my ability to connect to that person. My wife fell asleep during the movie before we were dating because she thought it was too slow. I guess I liked her enough to look past it though. She’s pretty cool. I do admit, there are scenes that seem to drag on, but even those serve a greater purpose of building towards punchlines that fly so fast, they still leave me dying. Again, I know I’m biased towards this film but there really is so much to love. Thank you for sharing your lab with us. Rest In Peace Marty, Peter and Gene.
-Josh T. Romero
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