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Young Frankenstein (1974)

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94

Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 3

Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.

100

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.

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In this spoof of Mary Shelley's gothic tale, the grandson of Victor Frankenstein, a neurosurgeon, has spent his life living down the legend of his grandfather, even changing the pronunciation of his name. When he discovers his grandfather's diary, he begins to feel differently, and returns to the family castle to satisfy his curiosity by replicating his ancestor's experiments. In the process, he creates one very unique monster.

PG,

Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Gene Wilder

Nov 3, 1998

20th Century Fox

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Wilder's hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what's driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension -- he delivers what Harpo promised.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche is probably his best early film.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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For a really delightful parody, James Whale's own Bride of Frankenstein is far better value.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It shows artistic growth and a more sure-handed control of the material by a director who once seemed willing to do literally anything for a laugh. It's more confident and less breathless.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Some of the gags don't work, but fewer than in any previous Brooks film that I've seen, and when the jokes are meant to be bad, they are riotously poor. What more can one ask of Mel Brooks?

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Young Frankenstein emerges as a reverently satirical salute to the 1930s horror film genre.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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It's a wonderful, iconic comedy. Mel Brooks' masterpiece!

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

One of Mel Brooks' most brilliant and immortal cinematic works to date...

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Thus funny, well acted parody of Unievrsal horror films of the 1930s is without a doubt Mel Brooks' best picture.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Brooks' corniness yields plenty of belly laughs.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is a fine horror film that also turns (miraculously) into an existential tale of man's fear of abandonment

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Say this for Brooks - he saw women as comedic equals, and they continually proved him right.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

A deathless comedy classic [Blu-ray]

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Most of the gags were juvenile.

December 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (17)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...an unswervingly funny yet loving and beautifully crafted homage, something more artful and lasting than the usual pull-my-finger farce or focus-grouped Scary Movie lowballer.

September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

Bug-eyed Marty Feldman steals the show as Igor, pronounced 'Eye-gor'.

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

Hey, our man Brooks never claimed to have good taste. Bless him.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Mel Brooks caught comic lightning in a bottle in 1974 with his appropriately black-and-white spoof of James Whale's 1931 classic horror film.

November 7, 2005 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

One of Mel Brooks' best films.

November 4, 2005
7M Pictures

Mel Brooks' annus mirabilis was 1974...

February 18, 2005 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Mel Brooks at his hysterical peak.

November 26, 2004
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Never struck me as funny, but it's well put together.

November 13, 2003 | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Young Frankenstein

Clever satire of old Hollywood horror films. Great over-the-top performances by Wilder and Kahn.
June 8, 2013
cchclaw

Super Reviewer

Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein is a fine horror comedy that remains a classic of the genre. This is one film that is very funny, with good acting and directing. The film is one of the most memorable films in the comedy horror genre. Mel Brooks delivers a great film that is very funny. The film obviously parodies Frankenstein, and the film does a great job at doing that. I very much enjoyed the film, and thought it was among Mel Brooks' best films. Young Frankenstein for me anyway plays out like a tribute to Frankenstein, by inducing the classic tale of horror with a good dose of comedy. The film works well, and is superbly well acted, and directed. The film boasts a memorable twist on the classic tale, and is among the best comedy horror flicks, albeit not a straight forward horror film. This film though will be appreciated by fans of horror as much as comedy film fans. This film is a near flawless comedy horror flick with great, memorable performances. Mel Brooks would later make another horror comedy with Dracula, but it wouldn't be as great a film as this. Young Frankenstein woks well as a parody and as a tribute to a classic horror monster. Overall a solidly crafted film with a great cast, and a good story. Young Frankenstein is in a class by itself.
January 24, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Though he lacks a major screen appearance, Brooks's directorial role is iconic. He uses black-and-white cinematography and eerie music to remind us of 1930's horror movies such as the FRANKENSTEIN films and DRACULA. Likewise, Gene Wider does an outstanding performance as the titular character, transforming the muddled script into a fabulous work of art. Though he is in whole hilarious, he has a few moments when he truly stands out: the scene in which he yells, "IT'S ALIVE!"; his disastrously funny tap-dance with Peter Boyle to "Puttin' on the Ritz"; the library sequence in which he smashes his face into the revolving bookshelf.
January 13, 2012
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Please! Remain in your seats, I beg you! We are not children here, we are scientists! I assure you there is nothing to fear! 

"The scariest comedy of all-time!"

Young Frankenstein is my second favorite Mel Brooks movie behind only Blazing Saddles. The film is a great spoof of Frankenstein and is ridiculously hilarious in ways that only a Mel Brooks movie could be. This is immature and stupid humor at its best. Nobody does genre spoofs better than Brooks. He did the westerns with Blazing Saddles, old gothic horror with Young Frankenstein and eventually the sci-fi/Star Wars with Spaceballs. The guy isn't what you'd typically think of as brilliant, but that is exactly what he is.

Gene Wilder plays the grandson of the original Frankenstein creator. He is against what his grandfather did and has now changed the pronunciation of his name. He ventures to his grandfathers old estate where he begins to hear strange, ominous music that leads him to the laboratory. There he finds a book entitled, "This is How I Did It," and begins to create his own creature with the help of a beautiful mistress and a weird, misshapen Igor. Another noteworthy performance comes from Peter Boyle as the Creature. He manages to make the Creature extremely funny.

The film is shot in black and white and definitely looks like an old horror film. The great gothic look of the movie clashes with the utterly goofy humor of Brooks and Wilder. Can you beat Wilder yelling "It's Alive"? The movie is extremely entertaining in a way that makes you ask yourself why you like it so much. 

This is classic Brooks, classic Wilder and classic comedy at its best. Modern spoofs need to take some notes from old Brooks films. It isn't about spoofing as many things in one movie as you can. It is about choosing one subject and completely making it your own in a new signature way. That is what Brooks did here and with Blazing Saddles and that is why he is the master of the spoof.
November 28, 2011
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Melvin White

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    1. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: It's alive!
    – Submitted by Jesse K (15 months ago)
    1. Elizabeth: Taffeta, darling.
    2. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Taffeta, sweetheart.
    3. Elizabeth: No, the dress is taffeta. It wrinkles so easily.
    – Submitted by Mattie F (20 months ago)
    1. Igor: What hump?
    – Submitted by Shishuraj K (22 months ago)
    1. Blind Hermit: [as the monster runs out the door.] Wait. Where you going? I was going to make espresso.
    – Submitted by Andrew C (23 months ago)
    1. Igor: My grandfather use to work for your grandfather. Of course the rates have gone up.
    – Submitted by Andrew C (23 months ago)
    1. Igor: Dr. Frankenstein?
    2. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Frokensteen.
    3. Igor: You're putting me on.
    4. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No, it pronounced, 'Frokensteen'.
    5. Igor: Do you also say Froaderick?
    6. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No... 'Frederick.'
    7. Igor: Well, why isn't it 'Froaderick Frokensteen'?
    8. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: It isn't, it's 'Frederick Frokensteen'.
    9. Igor: I see.
    10. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You must be Igor. [he pronounces it ee-gor.]
    11. Igor: No, it's pronounced 'eye-gor.'
    12. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: But they told me it was 'ee-gor'..
    13. Igor: Well, they were wrong then, weren"t they?
    – Submitted by Andrew C (23 months ago)
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