Top positive review
One Of The Best Mel Brooks Films
22 June 2019
This was originally released in 1974 and was made in black and white. It is a pastiche of the old Universal Frankenstein films from the 1930s and 1940s. I have always loved this film and it never fails to make me laugh when I watch it. Gene Wilder is hilarious as "Fronkonsteen" and Marty Feldman is also very funny as Igor, his hunchbacked assistant. The film is generally done very well and I recognised most of the references to the old films when I watched this. Gene Hackman also pops up as the blind old hermit in another very funny scene and Peter Boyle is a hoot as the monster. I also liked Madeleine Kahn and Teri Garr in the two female lead roles, both of whom played their parts very well.
All in all, this is an excellent comedy and one of Mel Brook's best films. Forget Blazing Saddles, this is much funnier. If you loved the old Universal Frankenstein films, then you'll love this. Five stars from me. A true classic and a very funny film.