Spoofing the old monster movies of the 1950's, this comedy from Mel Brooks takes a slant on the old Frankenstein tale. Starting off in the USA, and young Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) finds he's just inherited the old family castle in Transylvania.
Despite being eager to distance himself from the works of his Grandfather Victor (my name is pronounced Fronk-on-Steen), he accepts his families estate and heads on over to Eastern Europe to check the castle out for himself. Of course, upon discovering the secret library in the hidden cellar, it's not too long before he's following in his Grandfather's footsteps and plundering the nearby graveyard's in search of body parts.
But disaster strikes when his newly created 'super-human' breaks out and goes on the rampage because Frederick's assistant Ygor (Marty Feldman) stole the wrong brain from the nearby hospital ("it was someone called A.B. Normal").
With angry villagers on the march, Fredrick hopes he can tame the beast with a bit of love and affection, but will teaching him to sing and tap-dance be enough to quell their anger and, more importantly, will the scientific community marvel at his creation following their rendition of "Putting on the Ritz"?
Originally released back in 1978, the film was co-written by Gene Wilder and filmed entirely in black and white to capture that old "monster movie" feel. British comedy actor, the late Marty Feldman, is aptly cast as Ygor, as is US TV actor Peter Boyle as the Monster. This is definitely one of the better horror spoofs I've seen. Look out for a young(ish) Gene Hackman as the blind man