Young Frankenstein (1974)

Mike Matei / October 30th, 2014

One of the great Mel Brooks comedy classics, starring Gene Wilder. A big tribute to Universal’s original Frankenstein trilogy, faithfully emulated in Black & White.


  • Alex Barrera

    October 30, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I`ve already seen it. Pretty cool movie. Sharing some creepy shit I found for Halloween:

  • Johnthegamer

    October 30, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Got to love this movie.:)

  • October 30, 2014 at 4:56 am

    I liked this one, but I never got the Blucher joke. But my personal favorite is whenever Marty Feldman and Gene interact. Each one is a master at improv and each one you can literally tell was trying to break the other through comedic timing.

    • Mr. Cap

      October 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      There are two long held, but wrong theories about the Blucher joke. The most popular is that “blucher” people believed was German for “glue” implying she took horses to the glue factory. I was told (and believed for the longest time) it was because the horses think they hear “Fowl Breaker” as in she’s very cruel at breaking horses so they neighed in terror (talk about a stretch). Both are wrong. Gene Wilder has said he got the name from a letter to Sigmund Freud (he had a book that contained collections of letters to and from Freud) and the person who sent the letter was named “Blucher” and he thought it was a funny name, seriously that’s it.

      • fcabanski

        October 30, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        The horses’ reaction to Frau Blucher’s name is a play on the horror movie device – having a clap of thunder or some ominous organ music followed by characters acting in fright at the mention of the villain’s name. The humor is magnified by the fact that the horses don’t react that way to her presence. And it’s magnified by the fact that even when there aren’t horses present, horses react in fear to her name.

  • October 30, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Gene Wilder was a legend. Just great in everything he did.

    • vsion

      October 30, 2014 at 9:32 am

      He’s still alive, you know?

    • Larry Hood

      October 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      For me, his funniest movie was “See no evil, Hear no evil”. It’s one of the very few movies I’ve ever seen that surpass the effect of time. The humor is still funny to me today. A lot of older comedies were funny for their time but don’t hold up to today’s humor standards.

  • October 30, 2014 at 5:23 am

    You know, I was thinking that for your next Monster Madness, you could take on all the parodies and compare them to the originals.

    Just a thought… 😉

  • Jonathan Millis

    October 30, 2014 at 5:55 am

    This is one of my all time favorites. One of the funniest scenes of all time is when he is locked in with the monster and he is begging to be let out again after he tells them not to.

  • Ace

    October 30, 2014 at 6:01 am


  • Don Skiver

    October 30, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Love this movie and love Mel Brooks. Not sure why you included a pure comedy…but I guess if you’re going to include one, might as well include a great one.

  • October 30, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Not a word about magnificent actor Peter Boyle as the monster?! Oh, c’mon AVGN!

  • October 30, 2014 at 6:28 am

    “wasn’t that hump on the other side?” “what hump?”.. such a great film from Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder

    • yoyotheyoshi

      October 30, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Walk this way. No, this way!

  • Sean Smith

    October 30, 2014 at 6:42 am

    looks like a good movie

  • taykel

    October 30, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Young Frankenstein is one of Mel Brooks’ best.

  • skwij

    October 30, 2014 at 7:46 am

    When I heard about this movie as a kid, I always wondered why people laughed about it, not realizing it was a comedy… Thanks!

  • yoyotheyoshi

    October 30, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Abby-something.. Abby.. Normal?

  • October 30, 2014 at 8:29 am

    What can you say about Young Frankenstein that hasn’t been said a million times? The movie is a fucking class. One of the best things to ever come out of Hollywood. I’d like to see more horror comedies for next year if possible. I know you already did a few with this, Beetlejuice, and the Hilarious House of Frankenstein, but there are still more out there! The Scary Movie series, Dale and Tucker vs Evil, Shaun of the Dead, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, etc.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 30, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I’ve watched this like 6 times in month when i got the dvd of this masterpiece. I just had to, it’s sooo good!

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

    This is how a parody should be done. Thanks for f***ing up film parodies Seltzer and Friedberg!!!

  • tylerdurden389

    October 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Frau Blucher.

    ::Horses neighing::

    • Cilliandrew

      October 30, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Haha, totally the post I was gonna make !

  • October 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

    This is what we are missing… GOOD parodies. Brooks, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker are geniuses. Unfortunately, we are stuck with possibly the most inept screenwriters of all time, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. The parody and satire genre need a resurgence!

  • October 30, 2014 at 11:01 am

    make subtitles for Monster Madness 2014!!!

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Just watched think a couple weeks ago. Great movie.

  • frostare

    October 30, 2014 at 11:12 am


  • SG43

    October 30, 2014 at 11:41 am

    My favorite part, “SEDAGIVE!!!”

  • Bob Dole

    October 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Sometimes Gene Wilder makes me grow a boner

  • October 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Always wanted to watch this movie, but alas.

  • Philip

    October 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    You know what the scariest thing about Monster Madness is? The gigantic, unstoppable Dodge Ram commercial that takes up almost the entire webpage whenever I log on to this site.

  • October 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    The ending is classic.Loved this movie as a kid!

  • Dr. Forrester

    October 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Ah, my favorite movie of all time. Was definitely not expecting to see it here, but I’m oh so glad that it is. I’ve gotta say when I was younger I was pretty anti-black-and-white because I thought that was just for old people movies. However after seeing this, that all changed. Can’t say enough good things about it.

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm


  • October 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    My guess is tomorrow will be Trick R Treat

  • October 30, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Great movie, a real classic! Thanks!

  • Jacob Alan

    October 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    This might sound weird but do you think you would ever review the Thriller music video? Its a love letter to all things horror and i think it would be interesting to see you talk about music a little more.

  • gluserty

    October 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Excellent film.

  • donovan wood

    October 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    The Thing review last plz 😉

  • October 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Still blows my mind that Gene Hackman was in this movie.

  • TagaZok

    October 31, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Nice review James .. This movie was a classic of the Mel Brook collection and I watch it again and again and always found it great and funny !

  • Necramonium

    October 31, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Haunted Honeymoon, that also stars Gene Wilder is in my eyes a underrated movie, i loved it as a kid.

  • dansims

    October 31, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I love this movie, the funniest part for me was the dart scene whit the policemen throwing them whit is wooden arm… there’s dart everywhere , except on the target…

  • Stuart Wilke

    November 9, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    This movie is so great. One of my favorite films ever.

  • November 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    One of the best movies mell brooks ever made thats all theres need to know someone.

  • colt

    December 8, 2014 at 1:17 am


  • February 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Mel Brooks’ work. I’ve almost seen all the movies he’s directed and he’s a real inspiration for me to pursue film-making.

  • August 29, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Please give us a Gene Wilder tribute, James and Mike. He was always my favorite actor… I’ll miss him

  • Iron65

    August 30, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Rest in peace, Gene Wilde

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