February 16, 2011

Reviews in Retrograde: Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein

Critical Outcast isn't my first attempt at a website, I had a few stutter steps in the late 1990's and early 2000's. These attempts generated a whole bunch of poorly written, often very short and spoilerific reviews. I recently stumbled upon them in my archives and thought you may be interested in seeing some of these early attempts at writing. They are as they were then, I make no apologies for how bad or how short they are. Feel free to have at them with reckless abandon! I present to you: Reviews in Retrograde.

Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein

The world of freight handlers Wilbur Grey and Chick Young is turned upside down when the remains of Frankenstein's monster and Dracula arrive from Europe to be used in a house of horrors. Dracula awakens and escapes with the weakened monster, who he plans to re-energize with a new brain. Larry Talbot (the Wolfman) arrives from London in an attempt to thwart Dracula. Dracula's reluctant aide is the beautiful Dr. Sandra Mornay. Her reluctance is dispatched by Dracula's bite. Dracula and Sandra abduct Wilbur for his brain and recharge the monster in preparation for the operation. Chick and Talbot attempt to find and free Wilbur, but when the full moon rises all hell breaks loose with the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein all running rampant.

Now this is what I call funny! Abbott and Costello are one of the greatest comedy duos in history and this movie shows them off in fine form. In addition to those two clowns you also have the considerable talent of Bela Lugosi as Dracula, and Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman.

We meet up with Chick and Wilbur working as baggage handlers, when they become involved with a museum curator who has obtained the bodies of Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster. Little does he know that they are not dead, as well as being pursued by the Wolfman. The comedy ensues as Chick and Wilbur attempt to find the monsters and stop them. At least that's what Wilbur wants to do, Chick doesn't think they exist.

As I have said earlier, this is one heckuva funny movie. Abbott and Costello are in top form in this classic.

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