Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein


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Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the original 1931 Frankenstein with a series of frightening and funny Franken-flicks brought back to life on the big screen and guaranteed to scare you off the slab!

One of the funniest horror/comedies of all time … a masterpiece filled with raucous laughs, great spooks, and a wicked final scene.” – Felix Vasquez, Cinema Crazed

Comedy duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello join forces with Universal’s menagerie of famous monsters in the frightfully funny, and wildly popular, horror/comedy extravaganza, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.  The boys play Chick and Wilbur, two baggage handlers in northern Florida whose lives are turned upside down when they receive the remains of Dracula (Bela Lugosi, playing the Count for only the second time in his career), and Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange, filling in for Boris Karloff), bound for McDougal’s House of Horrors Museum.   Unfortunately, the monsters are far from dead, and when Dracula and Frankenstein escape, complete chaos ensues, as Chick and Wilbur get mixed up in Dracula’s evil plot to switch Wilbur’s brain with Frankenstein’s, and are aided by Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.), who turns into The Wolf Man when the moon is full!   Starting as a novel idea to breathe new life into their horror franchise, Universal struck gold with Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, leading to a successful series of horror/comedies featuring the duo meeting various monsters.  Here, the pair have a heyday with horror movie tropes, slapstick antics and physical comedy, but the monsters all play it straight, making this combo of chills and laughs (unusual in 1948) an obvious forerunner to later horror/comedies like Ghostbusters and Shaun of the Dead. (Dir. by Charles Barton & Walter Lantz, 1948, USA, 83 mins., Not Rated)