Continuing on the Monster Fest, I decided to look into the Abbott and Costello Comedies for a revisiting. I enjoyed when they met Frankenstein and I loved how they saw the invisible man (pun) at the end of the movie. As to make room for this particular film, however it’s not what you would be expecting so I guess “expect the unexpected” plays a big role in viewing this film.
This film is different from its predecessor for the right reasons, and it revolves around them dealing with one universal monster: The Invisible Man. The invisible man has always been different people (There was an invisible woman) at one point too and in this case it’s a framed boxer trying to clear his name after being suspected of killing his fight manager for refusing to take a dive.
Unfortunately in the test of trying to clear his name he recruits newly graduated private investigators: Abbott and Costello leading to a unique comedy of errors from beginning to end. The classic gags take place along with the one-liners and scene stealing moments from the comedy duo to the point where it takes away from the Invisible Man plot but it’s still relevant in other ways. Such as it being a race against the clock before the invisible man’s newfound freedom could drive him insane (just like the original).
I would tell you that everything works out but it’s up for you to see that it does because this movie is actually pretty good on its own and if it’s not scary enough for you well…move on to the next feature but if you want something light with a bit of horror. This one shouldn’t “disappear” from your list.
The collection of universal monsters in one movie? Sounds epic right?
Well it is and it isn’t, it plays as a special swan song for the Universal line by combining each franchise. However the only one with a viable story arc is The Wolf Man, Dracula is dispatched earlier and we eventually see the dramatic conclusion with Frankenstein’s Monster coming back to life.
Connecting us to each Monster is Boris Karloff himself playing the central mad doctor whom along with a hunchback side kick are off to use Frankenstein’s notes to gain revenge. It’s fascinating to see Karloff interact with each monster as he’s playing Dr. Frankenstein without the name.
I’d go further but I rather you see this movie, it’s a delight but only if you’re a fan of these classics.
The Wolf Man scores another perfect 5 on the rating scale with Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man.
This movie had a bit riding for it as a sequel to both the Wolfman and Ghost Of Frankenstein. It’s also in my opinion a sequel that lives up to the hype and carries on better.
Talbot’s tortured legacy continues on after he’s resurrected and at best all he wants to do is die and his obsession for answers is what leads him to Frankenstein’s estate and all of the darkness in that legacy as well.
This is actually my favorite of the Universal Horrors films. When crossovers are done right they can lead to excellent storytelling. Not to mention featuring two icons in one great movie. This film led the way for House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, and the Universal Monsters meeting Abbott and Costello.
This week we’re going back into the J360 Monster Fest, a 2nd anniversary of looking into ghosts, ghouls, goblins, movies and video games of the witching hour. Things have changed a bit so the J-Man will lead you in how this has happened and we will look into the monsters of the deep starting with The Creature From The Black Lagoon.
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