Today we’re talking about the 1948 film Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein.
The story was definitely driven by the scenes they wanted to include in the movie. It was well set up and simple. Some of the build-up was slow and there were some awkward jokes, but overall pretty solid.
I’m not a big fan of Abbott, I find him bland, rude, and insulting. I know he’s the straight man, but I always end up feeling bad for Costello.
Costello’s physical comedy is spectacular.
The monster actors were fantastic and Glenn Strange is a great Frankenstein’s Monster. Although, I would have liked to see Karloff. Awesome mini cameo from Vincent Price at the end.
The wordplay is fantastic and the sound mixing is impressive.
Visuals and Music
The filming techniques were solid and I liked the cartoon transformation for Dracula.
The music was okay; a strange mixture of comedy and horror that could have been more exaggerated.
The movie is a classic for a reason, it’s funny and it’s a lot of fun. It is, however, much slower paced than I would have liked, and a few of the jokes seemed overdone.
Fun and exciting, a real treat for those that love older horror movies, but it does drag at times and isn’t one of my favourites. It’s worth a watch just for the fantastic faces that Costello makes.
My two year old’s review is, “Scary” followed by a shrug.
Final Score: 3.5 stars out of 5