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Young Frankenstein
Reviewed by Nov 14th, 2009

Mel Brooks’ and Gene Wilder’s Oscar-winning 1974 Frankenstein adaptation is one of the best horror spoofs out there. You may want to go rent Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, and Bride of Frankenstein first to ensure that you get all the jokes, but even if you don’t this is a highly entertaining film. It’s shot in balck and white to get the old monster movie feel, and the photography and acting are excellent.

On to the movie itself: Neurosurgeon Freoderich Frankenstein (Gene Wilder), the original Frankenstein’s grandson, can’t seem to live down his family’s past. He decides to check out the old family castle in Transylvania himself, and discovers his grandfathers diary (“How I Did It”) in his secret library. Inspired, he tries to bring the dead back to life himself.

Frankenstein’s assistant Igor stole the wrong brain, thus making the monster (Peter Boyle) incapable of speech, afraid of fire, and so on. But he’s not all bad. He even learns how to tapdance. Unfortunately, after a stagelight burns out, Frankenstein gets scared and starts rampaging through the crowd. Soon the townspeople start to riot outside the castle. After a guard starts taunting the shackled Monster with matches, he breaks loose and kidnaps Frankenstein’s fiance. He takes her to the woods and… well, you have to see that part for yourself. Highly recommended.

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