Episode 64. Tour de Farce: Young Frankenstein (1974) and What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Horror can be horrifying, but it can also be hilarious. Whether it’s mad science or vampires living together, the comedy in these films heightens the absurd as well as our notions of “typical” behavior. At its best, comedy and horror function as a subversion of our day to day lives and expectations enlightening us to the strange elements that we’ve accepted as “normal.”


Young Frankenstein. Dir. Mel Brooks, 1974.
What We Do in the Shadows. Dir  Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, 2014.


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The Sunday Conversation: Mel Brooks on his ‘Young Frankenstein’ musical Brooks on the inception of Young Frankenstein and its afterlife.

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2 thoughts on “Episode 64. Tour de Farce: Young Frankenstein (1974) and What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

  1. David Thiel says:

    Love the show as always, but I’m halfway into the “Young Frankenstein “ coverage and the “Frau Blücher” (whinneeeee!) mispronunciation is driving me slowly mad!

    I’d be interested in your defense of “Scary Movie.” I felt it was a lazy spoof, little more than an uncredited remake of “Scream” (with a smidge of “I Know What You Did Last Summer”), itself a satirical spin on genre conventions. That “Matrix”-inspired scene you cited is typical of its lack of effort, pulling in a completely unrelated movie for no reason other than to say, “You saw ‘The Matrix,’ right? Right?”

  2. RandomNumbers says:

    What no love for Night of the Creeps?

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