The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Young Frankenstein – Presented by HorrorBuzz

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If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to why don’t you go where fashion sits… returns to The Frida with Mel Brooks’ hilarious 1974 comedy classic Young Frankenstein!

A hilarious spoof of the Universal Monster movies, Young Frankenstein stars Gene Wilder as respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a man who goes to great lengths to distance his legacy from that of his infamous grandfather’s. After learning that he has inherited his grandfather’s estate in Transylvania, he sets out to recreate his experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman) – ultimately unleashing a towering, lumbering, tap-dancing creation (Peter Boyle) who’s as much a deadly force of nature as he is a loveable, sensitive oaf…

Alongside Blazing Saddles – which was released in the same year! – Young Frankenstein is considered by many to be Brooks’ finest film thanks to Wilder and company’s gut busting performances and iconic one-liners.

“Wilder’s hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what’s driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension — he delivers what Harpo promised.” – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

“More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche is probably his best early film.” – Don Druker, Chicago Reader

“It shows artistic growth and a more sure-handed control of the material by a director who once seemed willing to do literally anything for a laugh. It’s more confident and less breathless.” – Roger Ebert,

Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein.