Silly, juvenile, and funny, extremely funny is director Mel Brook’s 1974 parody of 1931 classic film Frankenstein. Here’s a comedy that has endured the test of time.
Gene Wilder plays Dr. Frankenstein, grandson of Victor, the mad scientist who was able to bring life to a corpse many years before. Back at his grandfather’s original castle, he begins experimenting the same way and creating his own monster. This one not only has scars on his face, but also zippers!
The film is full of gags from beginning to end. It’s hard not to laugh even if you don’t want to. The assistant Inga (Terri Garr), the helper Igor (Marty Feldman), the housekeeper Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman), Inspector Kemp (Kenneth Mars) and the Dr.’s fiance, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn) join the Creature (Peter Boyle) in providing the audience with laugh after laugh and delivering one liners with impeccable comedic timing.
Among the many hilarious scenes, the one I always enjoy is when the Creature meets the blind lonely monk (Gene Hackman) and gets his privates scalded by the hot soup the monk is unsuccessfully trying to serve. Also, to watch the Creature or Monster not only dancing and being sexually active but also talking, smoking, and reading the Wall Street Journal is priceless!
What else could I say about it? If by now, you have never watched it. You’ve got to. No words would be enough to describe it. If you have, do yourself this favor and take this medicine for the soul. Watch it again, laugh, and live.
See also with Gene Wilder: The Woman in Red (1984), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
See also directed by Mel Brooks: Spaceballs (1987), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World: Part I (1981)