By: Morgan Watters
Many think Halloween is just a time for the horrific and gruesome, but it can also be perfect for the hilarious and peculiar. It’s easy to forget that this time of year isn’t just for scaring, but also laughing at the unusual and absurd. This week I will be reviewing three movies that intertwine screams and laughter.
The classic horror-comedy “Young Frankenstein,” directed by Mel Brooks, was released in 1974. Despite being released well into the era of color movies, “Young Frankenstein” was filmed in black and white. This particular choice sets the mood for the entire film and allows the audience to focus on the characters more than the surroundings. The film starts with Dr. Frederick Frankenstein moving into his recently deceased grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. What could go wrong? A lot. This tumultuous tale starts its downward slope when Frankenstein decides to continue his grandfather’s work. What is his work you may ask? Frankenstein’s Monster. This film is packed with comedy and features many well known actors and actresses. Many may already know Gene Wilder from his many other comedic roles, some not so innocent. This film is an absolute must-watch, receiving a 10/10 from me.
The Addams Family is a well known group that has appeared in many TV shows and films. However, I will only be reviewing the “Addams Family” film from 1991 directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The long-lost brother of Gomez Addams, Fester, suddenly appears on the family’s doorstep one night, causing a rise of both joy and suspicion. Morticia Addams is skeptical of this Fester fellow and believes him to be a fraud. Is Fester an imposter? As the story unfolds, familial secrets are revealed that test the strength of the Addams. This movie is comedic and suspenseful with plot twists throughout the film. This classic is a great watch for families and an all-time favorite to many. I give this movie a 7/10.
Another classic horror family, although less known, are the Munsters. This quirky group is much different than the Addams’, but also quite similar. Each family is trying to live out their lives in a society where they do not fit in; however, the Munsters are actual monsters! “The Munsters” film, directed by Rob Zombie and released in 2022, is a prequel to the TV series of 1964. Instead of focusing on the daily lives and misfortunes the family faces, this film focuses on the relationship between Herman and Lily. The movie has many similar filming styles and ‘vibes’ to Rob Zombie’s other films, but it is incredibly different from the TV show. The corniness of this movie is very much intentional but falls short in many instances. I would recommend watching the show over the movie, but both are entertaining. This film receives a 6/10, while I give the show a 9/10.