Sunday, October 31, 2010

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

4 / 5 Oct '10
Tagline: It's a grand new Idea for FUN !
Directed by: Charles Barton
Written by: Robert Lees
Actors include: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Length: 83 minutes
Banned: Nope

Now this is one heck of a Halloween movie, and a great introduction to Universal's monsters through comedy for youngsters and it's my introduction to the comedy team of Abbott & Costello. While I'm not enamored with them, they worked for this sort of slapstick. They primarily operate on the one sees a monster, the other doesn't believe it scenario which is cute even time after time after time. Abbott & Costello play delivery men delivering two crates containing Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein (not played by Karloff but still an excellent likeness). The Wolfman (played by Lon Chaney Jr.) is trying to incercept to prevent danger as he knows that Dracula & Frankenstein aren't exactly dead. In the castle they run into trouble as the monsters vanish, and although they don't really want to find them let's just say they pop up here and there. Nothing here to really frighten anyone though it does seem a tad darker than expected. It also really nails the whole atmospheric mood thing, very shadowy and cool. Anyone who loves the classic monsters should want to see this very fun outing, and it's very successful on every level.

Availability:  On DVD

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