Made in between Blazing Saddles and Silent Movie, this monochrome horror spoof is arguably the most consistently entertaining of Mel Brooks’ 1970s genre parodies.
It’s surely the best-looking, too – the silvery gleam of Universal’s classic screamers echoed right down to the use of discarded sets from Frankenstein (1931).
Gene Wilder is a gas as the titular scientist, reluctantly reviving grandpa’s experiments with help from Marty Feldman’s factotum and a hoofing monster (Peter Boyle).
Only the female roles disappoint, with Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn fighting to leave an impression with barely a joke between them.
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