I figured after 12 days it was time to talk about the best monster spoof. And for a spoof Young Frankenstein is also one of the best Frankenstein movies around. That is the magic of Mel Brooks. But I’m kinda getting ahead of myself here, already talking it up. Let me get into the good for you.
The titular Young Frankenstein is Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder). He is an American professor who has left behind his families infamous past and also calls it crazy talk. That is until his Great-Grandfather Baron Beaufort von Frankenstein passes leaving him the Transylvania estate. After traveling to Europe he meets the hunchbacked servant Igor (Marty Feldman) and the housekeeper Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman) who welcome him to the estate. After some time there though he finds the secret lab and that the formula for making a monster is real. As such he sets out to make his own Monster (Peter Boyle) and learn about the secret of life itself.
Let’s just get it out of the way and say this film is genius. Mel Brooks understands how to mix story with comedy better than anyone. This is undeniably one of his best as you get a great re-creation of the classic Frankenstein story, but also the classic “Putting on the Ritz” scene. Gene Wilder is one of my all time favorite actors, and he is so perfect in this role. From his pronunciation of Frankenstein, to the mad scientist energy during the monster scene, and finally the quieter moments where he just reacts to the absurdity. Mix that with the amazing Marty Feldman (who sadly never fully took off in the US) and you have a classic duo. Plus with classic perfromances from Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, and Madeline Kahn its hard not to love it…I mean look at that cast. This film will have you laughing your ass off while also getting your Frankenstein fix for the season.