Friday, October 28, 2011

GENRE (SPECIAL EDITION): Horror - Y

Young Frankenstein (1974) – Mel Brooks

A pseudo-classic horror tale, Young Frankenstein (1974) is a comedic extention on the original story written by Mary Shelly. One of the great achievements of the film is how well it blends the visual style and material with the generation in which it was filmed. 
The film is presented in the guise of the Universal monster films of the 1930s and '40s. Everything from the production design to the cinematography is in tune with that era of filmmaking. In fact most of the laboratory equipment are props from the original Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Of course the thing that makes Young Frankenstein (1974) so successful is the thin line it walks between comedy and horror. Co-written by star Gene Wilder and director Mel Brooks, the two of them manage to show the darkness of comedy and the absurdity in horror. This is further illustrated by the black and white presentation of the film, which, much like the two separate genres, comes together in the grayscale. 



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