YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) B/W widescreen 108m dir: Mel Brooks
w/Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars, Gene Hackman, Richard Haydn, Liam Dunn
In this wonderful comedy, Wilder plays the grandson of the nefarious Baron Frankenstein. He returns to the old Transylvanian homestead and decides to create a living creature himself.
From The Movie Guide: "Mel Brooks's follow-up to his enormously successful BLAZING SADDLES tackles the horror genre --- specifically FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. This time Brooks tones down his broad humor a bit to create a work that is both an affectionate parody and a knowledgeable homage to its cinematic forebears. ...
"YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is Brooks's most accomplished work, combining his well-known brand of comedy with stylish direction and a uniformly excellent cast. The handsome black-and-white cinematography really captures the look of an early 1930s film. The direction achieves a seemingly impossible task, balancing Brooks's off-the-wall humor within the framework of the style of a classic Universal Frankenstein film. The Frankenstein castle, with its cobwebs, dust, skulls, original lab equipment, and strange goings-on, could easily have been inhabited by Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi. Wilder, wildly funny here, later attempted his own genre spoof, HAUNTED HONEYMOON, which came nowhere near YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN."