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Young Frankenstein

by

Roger Davidson

Young Frankenstein
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If you're looking for a comedy that is non-stop funny, then you've found it in this, Mel Brooks' affectionate parody of the Frankenstein horror films. Gene Wilder portrays the famed doctor's grandson, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen"), who is carrying on the work of his late relative. With the assistance of "Eye-gor" (Marty Feldman, giving an hysterical bug-eyed performance), Wilder creates a truly hideous creation (Peter Boyle), that eventually turns against him and runs away.

Brooks creates an extremely funny homage of the old Universal horror film, toning down his usually broad humor. He also creates the perfect atmosphere with appropriate music, camera work and set design. The performances are excellent, including Wilder, Boyle, Feldman and Cloris Leachman as Frau Blucher, a woman so hideous, she causes horses to whinny in fright at the mere mention of her name. There is not a scene in here that should be missed. Especially the scene with Gene Hackman, spoofing the blind man scene from Bride of Frankenstein. It's uproariously great.

My Rating = Four Stars


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