Name Mel Brooks’ best movie! Most people will probably tell you it’s Blazing Saddles, but I’m not one of them. , it would be Young Frankenstein. It’s not a horror movie, but a damn good spoof of a horror movie. I include this in my 31 Days of Horror Movies because it provides comic relief within the horror genre context. I think it is must-watch viewing during the month of October. It is sufficiently reverential to the Boris Karloff 1931 movie without going completely over-the-top. I read somewhere that Mel Brooks even used some of the same props used in the 1931 classic. As a bonus, any opportunity to watch at a young Teri Garr is not to be passed up.
You know the story, so there’s no use recounting it here. There’s not a bad performance from the ensemble cast.
Tony’s Favorite Moments [in a movie full of great moments] – in no particular order…
Teri Garr – Roll, roll, roll…would you like a roll in the hay? ‘Nuff said…
That’s “Fronkensteen” – The young doctor is so upset that one of his students keeps calling him “Frankenstein” that in a fit he stabs himself in the leg with a scalpel. “Class dismissed…”
“What a filthy job” – “Could be worse – could be raining” [cue thunder].
“Abby Normal” – Igor [it’s pronounce Eye-gore] was so afraid of lightning he dropped Hans Dellbruck’s brain. Dr. Frankenstein nearly chokes him to death when Igor tells him he put an abnormal brain into such a gigantic creature.
Gene Hackman – at this point in his career, who knew that Popeye Doyle could be funny. His turn as the blind man whom the Monster encounters is hysterical. I felt sorry for the Monster when he had the hot soup poured in his lap. But I really felt sorry for him when the blind man set his thumb on fire. Bonus points for Peter Boyle for the delayed reaction.
"Puttin' on the Ritz" –How could Peter Boyle dance with those big, clumsy elevator boots?
Madeline Kahn’s singing – It’s funny how Madeline Kahn’s singing became a euphemism for an orgasm. He must have had an enormous schwanzschtücker.
Put the candle back!