Director: Mel Brooks Run Time: 106 min. Format: DCP Rating: PG13 Release Year: 1976
Starring: Cloris Leachman, Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr
History is doomed to repeat itself in a very funny way as James Whale’s classic Frankenstein gets the Mel Brooks treatment in Young Frankenstein.
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein has seen countless variations over the decades but none as brilliantly funny as Young Frankenstein. In a castle set atop a mountain, Dr. Frankenstein’s neurosurgeon grandson (Gene Wilder) inherits the manor and his grandfather’s notebook. Though he initially thinks it’s a load of begins a series of man/monster-making experiments all over again. Poking fun at the infamous monster and movie, we get a similar set of characters (Igor, the caretaker, the beautiful young fraulein) is a parody that doesn’t diminish the original in its comedic jests. In fact, Young Frankenstein is a silly gesture of love.