YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)

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I watched this old favorite the other day, and since today is Mary Shelley’s birthday, it seemed like the perfect day to blog about it!

Director: Mel Brooks
MPAA Rating: PG*
Running Time: 106 min.

In this parody of classic Frankenstein movies, young Frederick Frankenstein inherits his grandfather’s estate and travels to Transylvania to investigate his grandfather’s work.  Although he swore never to get involved in experimentation with the reanimation of dead tissue, when he discovers a book of instructions in his grandfather’s library, he decides to make a creature of his own.  Unfortunately, his eager assistant Eye-gor has a mishap at the Brain Depository, and things don’t go exactly as planned. . . .

A hilarious blend of slapstick comedy, witty wordplay, and just general silliness, this movie never gets old.  Actually, I probably laugh more now than I did the first time I saw it because I know what jokes are coming up and start cracking up early.  If you haven’t seen this movie, and you enjoy silly ridiculous comedies, I highly recommend it!  Also, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Peter Boyle, and Teri Garr.  Need I say more?

*This was rated PG before there was PG-13.  Nowadays, it would probably have qualified for the slightly higher rating.

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