Directed by Mel Brooks. US. 1974. PG. 1 hour 46 minutes. Fox. Digital.
Sun., October 29, 2017
What better way to go into Halloween (and kick off a couple of Gene Wilder classics) than with Mel Brooks’ wonderful Young Frankenstein? This hilarious and affectionate spoof of the classic horror films produced by Universal studios in the 1930’s and 40s, is rated by many as being the funniest and most accomplished parody of a classic film ever made. Written by Brooks and Wilder, and with a cast that includes Wilder (as young Dr. Frankenstein – pronounced Frahn-ken-steen), Peter Boyle (as the Monster), Marty Feldman (as the hunch-backed assistant, Eye-gor), Cloris Leachman (as Frau Blucher), and the lovely Teri Garr, this is a movie that will have you laughing out loud. Never has a “scary” film caused so much laughter. (And yes, that is Gene Hackman, in a hilarious cameo role as the kindly blind hermit.)