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Young Frankenstein

Hallowe’en Double Bill with Ghostbusters (2016) – see both films for one admission price!

Poster for the Mel Brooks spoof Young FrankensteinGene Wilder plays the title role in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, and he hits a new kind of controlled maniacal peak. As a hysteric, he’s funnier even than Peter Sellers. The movie is a silly, zizzy picture – a farce-parody of Hollywood’s mad-scientist-trying-to-be-God pictures, with Wilder as the original Baron Frankenstein’s grandson, an American professor of neurology, who takes a trip to the family castle in Transylvania. Peter Boyle is the Frankenstein monster, and Madeline Kahn is the professor’s plastic-woman fiancée, who becomes the monster’s bride.

It isn’t a dialogue comedy; it’s visceral and lower. It’s what used to be called a crazy comedy, and there hasn’t been this kind of craziness on the screen in years. Its humour is frequently obvious, and if you go expecting too much it could seem like kids’ stuff—which, of course, it is, but it’s very funny kids’ stuff, a kind of nutbrain classic. At one point, Peter Boyle delivers a strangled-voice musical number that shows what Brooks can do when his comic instinct is really working. He can make you laugh helplessly.

– Pauline Kael, The New Yorker (1974)


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