“You know that person you said there’s no such person? I think he’s in there… in person.”
The bodies of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange) come to life after being delivered to a wax museum, and freight handlers Abbott and Costello are caught up in the commotion that ensues. Werewolf Lon Chaney arrives on the scene to try to prevent Dracula from implanting Costello’s brain into the monster, but is hampered by his troublesome lycanthropy.
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this comedic horror flick is widely considered by Abbott and Costello fans to be their “finest picture”. The special effects and make-up are “nifty”, the sets are appropriately spooky, and the diverse cast of monsters (playing it “straight”, as though they’re in a horror film rather than a comedy) are “treated with respect and affection.” This is a rare film that contains both moments of genuine terror and side-splitting slapstick humor.
- The truly creepy opening scene in the wax museum
- Spooky gothic sets
- Costello chatting with Chaney over the phone, as Chaney transforms into a werewolf
- An impressive combination of classic horror and comedy
Yes. While it’s not my favorite Abbott and Costello flick (see my reviews of The Naughty Nineties and Buck Privates instead), it’s widely considered to be one of their best movies, and is certainly a highly creative “fusion” venture.