Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie (1983)
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Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie
Starring: Donald Pleasence and Yvonne Furneaux
Director: Myron J. Gold
When Baron Frankenstein's penniless relatives (Pleasence and Furneaux) return to their ancestral castle in hopes of scaring up some hidden treasure (and perhaps even the Big Man's Monster, they run afoul the Village of Mugglefugger's plans to turn the old castle into a tax-revenue generating factory.
"Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie" is one of those comedies that probably looked far better on the page than it turned out. I can see the funny bits buried under routines and gags that have been stretched too far, padded too thickly, or crushed beneath the performances of the film's mostlly talentless cast.
Pleasence and Furneaux (who have each done lots of horror and comedy films) are the only two bright spots in this dismal mess, and Tillie's (Furneaux) attempts to bring women's sufferage and auto-racing to the backwards Mugglefugger village is also the only one among the two or three subplots in the film that manages to deliver a few mild chuckles. (Although even it is spoiled by dumb a seltzer-water fight between "wayward girls" and the upstanding people of the village.)
If trimmed to a running time of 65 minutes ("Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie" clocks in a bloated 100 minutes) this might be a so-so comedy. As it stands, there's too much crap between funny moments to make this movie worth seeing for anyone.
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