and Lou's first and best meeting with classic monsters, Abbott and
Costello Meet Frankenstein, which also featured Dracula and The
failing to do the team in when they met The Killer, Karloff
tries again as Dr. Jekyll, the straight man of a different
sort of duo.
|If you hang around with die-hard fans of classic Universal Horror
films long enough, there are certain debates that are sure to surface.
One topic that is certain to make fans draw up sides is the series
of films which pitted Universal's top comedy team, Abbott and Costello
against the studio's classic Monsters. There are a number of horror
purists who feel that the "Abbott and Costello Meet..."
films demeaned the classic monsters and cheapened their images.
They dislike seeing the great horror characters reduced to playing
straight men for the comedy team. Other horror enthusiasts enjoy
these films just as much as the serious horror outings and feel
that, even with the antics of Abbott and Costello, the monsters
prove they can still pack a punch.
I am among those fans who has a great deal of affection for the
"Abbott and Costello Meet..." films where the
boys matched wits with the likes of the Frankenstein Monster,
the Invisible Man and the Mummy, although the films run the gauntlet
from bonafide classic (A&C Meet Frankenstein) to watchable
but forgettable (A&C Meet the Mummy).Also, I have found
that these movies make wonderful introductions to the world of
classic horror films for many of the small fry out there.
boys Bud and Lou met the eerie Egyptian in their
last movie for Universal
The healthy mix of terror and laughs can be an excellent way
to introduce young children to the eerie world that was created
on the backlot at Universal's "Little Europe."
To put these films in their historical perspective, Abbott
and Costello's horror/comedies are some of the team's best known
efforts today. Abbott and Costello aficionados acknowledge that
the better of these films represent the last big screen triumphs
for the legendary comics whose career had begun to sag before
teaming with the monsters. More importantly to horror buffs,
these movies provided a last, glorious hurrah for the classic
Universal Monsters before moving aside for the new wave of science
fiction thrillers like Tarantula, This Island Earth
and The Incredible Shrinking Man. Meeting Abbott and
Costello gave our favorite monsters one last moment in the spotlight
before gothic beasties were replaced by atomic terrors.
The Invisible Man is here!"
"Tell him I can't see him, Bud."