Young Frankenstein (1974)

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Critic Consensus: 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.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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20th Century Fox

Cast

Gene Wilder
as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Peter Boyle
as Monster
Madeline Kahn
as Elizabeth
Cloris Leachman
as Frau Blucher
Teri Garr
as Inga
Kenneth Mars
as Insp. Kemp
Gene Hackman
as Blind Hermit
Richard Haydn
as Herr Falkstein
Oscar Beregi
as Sadistic Jailer
Liam Dunn
as Mr. Hilltop
Danny Goldman
as Medical Student
Leon Askin
as Herr Waldman
Richard Roth
as Insp. Kemp's Aide
Oscar Beregi Jr.
as Sadistic Jailer
Monte Landis
as Gravedigger
Lou Cutell
as Frightened Villager
Arthur Malet
as Village Elder
Richard A. Roth
as Kemp's Aide
Oscar Beregi Sr.
as Sadistic Jailer
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Critic Reviews for Young Frankenstein

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (7)

It is good-natured, lowbrow, backlot, hit-or-miss humor, but with no cumulative effect beyond its succession of hard-worked jokes.

Full Review… | October 3, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche is probably his best early film.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

For a really delightful parody, James Whale's own Bride of Frankenstein is far better value.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Young Frankenstein

The art of the spoof has been lost in recent years, or at least a fundamental understanding of what makes the greatest spoofs work at the most basic level. What makes them great can be summed up in one word: Love. It's strange to think about, but the best film spoofs are a built on an inherent love and understanding of what's being skewered. So it's no surprise in some ways that Young Frankenstein is Mel Brooks' greatest film. The amount of referential material in this film goes far beyond the knowledge of even some seasoned film geeks (there is a Frankenstein film that features a police inspector that has a wooden arm, and yes, he plays darts with Dr. Frankenstein). Even the equipment in this film's lab is taken from the Boris Karloff classic. Combine this reverence with one of Gene Wilder's greatest performances, jokes that absolutely hit their mark, and gorgeous atmosphere from black and white cinematography, and you have a comedy classic. One of the greatest of all time and highly recommended.

Jacob Ethington
Jacob Ethington

Super Reviewer

Clever satire of old Hollywood horror films. Great over-the-top performances by Wilder and Kahn.

Christian C
Christian C

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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