When it comes to mixing horror and comedy, one has to ride a very very fine line. Very few films are able to do so successfully. The only ones that really come to mind recently are Shaun of the Dead, the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost vehicle or Tucker and Dale vs Evil but today we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the release of a classic. Young Frankenstein.
Based on the work of Mary Shelley, Young Frankenstein focuses on Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein who is the grandson of Victor Frankenstein, the infamous mad scientist, who finds out that he has inherited his family’s estate in Transylvania after the death of his great-grandfather, the Baron Beaufort von Frankenstein. Then all hell breaks loose.
The script was written by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks based on an idea by Wilder. The film was iconically directed by Brooks who added his genius like touch to it.
The cast of Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars, Cloris Leachman, and Madeline Khan really brought the script to life in ways that not many horror comedies can, long before the genre was even relevant.
So here’s to 45 years of Young Frankenstein and its ode and parody of the early Universal horror films. Check out the trailer below!