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With Paul McGuigan's Victor Frankenstein hitting theaters Wednesday, November 25 in the Us, we thought it would be cool to check a little what-might-have-been with this mash up poster from one of our favorite artists, Tom "The Dude Designs" Hodge. The Dude takes Mel Brooks' iconic Young Frankenstein one-sheet and does it justice with this new piece. As a fan of Brooks' film, Hodge wanted to pay tribute in a small way and created this brilliant poster in homage.What's even better about the whole thing is that the movie appears to be pretty decent! At least that what our Peter Martin had to say:Victor Frankenstein plays like a genre movie from the classic Hammer era, taking its subject matter seriously, yet still having a good...
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One of my favorite tellings of the Frankenstein saga is Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. Apparently The Dude Designs’ Tom Hodge is a fan as well because he’s just released a mash-up one-sheet for Victor Frankenstein that has us grinning! Victor… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy make for an unlikely yet extremely likable pairing in Victor Frankenstein, which transforms Mary Shelley's dark novel into a cheeky action-adventure picture. On the face of it, the idea of making Igor the hero is ridiculous. Since James Whale's famed adaptation of the source material in 1931, Dr. Frankenstein's assistant has been portrayed as a hunchbacked man, in my mind most memorably played by Marty Feldman in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. In fact, the character does not appear in Shelley's novel, and so writer Max Landis -- properly credited for both screen story and screenplay -- conjures up a nameless, severely hunchbacked man who has been raised in a circus in the latter part of the 19th century. The man...
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Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.
Victor Frankenstein is a “Frankenstein” movie unlike any other. While inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic novel and the countless interpretations of that story, screenwriter Max Landis’ “regeneration” focuses on the relationship between Victor and his best friend and assistant Igor.
- Michelle McCue
By and large, almost every feature film, play or anime that’s been released concerning Mary Shelley’s indelible literary legend focuses on the creation of the monster itself, and while that’s still true to a certain degree in Paul McGuigan’s soon-to-be-released supernatural feature, Victor Frankenstein is as much about the core dynamic between James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe’s leading duo as anything else.
Scripted by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, the aforementioned pairing will assume the roles of Victor and his brilliant but reclusive protégé Igor Strausman, respectively, who set out to defy the laws of nature and resurrect the dead. It’s a dark and slightly horrifying idea, but one that promises to pay off for the all who are involved.
Recently, during the film’s press day, we caught up with Radcliffe for an exclusive interview. During the course of our discussion, the actor spoke »
- David Grove
Everyone from President Obama to Beyoncé has stopped backstage after seeing Hamilton, but the show’s director, Thomas Kail, says he usually leaves it to the cast to schmooze with the big names. “My tendency when these things happen is to sort of watch them interact with the cast, and that, to me, seems to be the greatest thing,” Kail told Vulture at the New York Stage and Film Gala on Sunday. However Kail did get to meet Mel Brooks, who attended the smash Broadway musical about ten days ago. “He said it was the best musical he’s ever seen," said Kail. "Except for The Producers. Which I thought was the most Mel Brooks–ian thing he possibly could have said.” So we guess he liked Hamilton better than Young Frankenstein. »
- Bennett Marcus
Film buffs who have argued long into the night over the funniest screenplays in the history of cinema no longer need to quarrel. That.s because the helpful folks over at The Writers Guild Of America have compiled a list of the 10 funniest screenplays ever written. And, as you.d expect, the usual suspects feature prominently. The East and West contingents of The Writers Guild Of America were able to put their differences aside to release their official list, which you can have a gander at below: 1. Annie Hall . 1977 . Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman 2. Some Like It Hot . 1959 . Written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond 3. Groundhog Day . 1993 . Written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis 4. Airplane! . 1980 . Written by James Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker 5. Tootsie . 1982 - Written by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal 6. Young Frankenstein . 1974 . Written by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks 7. Dr Strangelove or: How »
Woody Allen's 1977 film "Annie Hall" has topped a '101 Funniest Screenplays Ever' list which the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East released this week.
Also making the top ten were "Some Like It Hot," "Groundhog Day," "Airplane!," "Tootsie," "Young Frankenstein," "Dr. Strangelove," "Blazing Saddles," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "National Lampoon's Animal House".
The full list can be found at the guild's official site. Other notable films to have made the list including "The Big Lebowski," "Ghostbusters," "A Fish Called Wanda," "Caddyshack," "The Princess Bride," "Borat," "The Hangover," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Trading Places," "The Naked Gun," "Midnight Run," "Shaun of the Dead," "Anchorman," "Galaxy Quest," "Best in Show," "Coming to America," "Clueless," "Fargo" and "Beverly Hills Cop".
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- Garth Franklin
What's the funniest movie you've ever seen? According to the Writers Guild of America, it's Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman's "Annie Hall." That's the top of its just-released ranking of the 101 funniest screenplays, and Woody Allen appears several more times on the list: "Sleeper" (60), "Bananas" (69), "Take the Money and Run" (76), "Love and Death" (78), "Manhattan" (81), and "Broadway Danny Rose" (92). Harold Ramis made five appearances on the list, with "Groundhog Day" (3), "National Lampoon's Animal House" (10), "Ghostbusters" (14), "Caddyshack" (25), and "Stripes" (88). And Mel Brooks had "just" three screenplays on the list but they all ranked highly: "Young Frankenstein" (6), "Blazing Saddles" (8), and "The Producers" (12). He's also credited with "The Big Lebowski" (13), but he didn't write that, so I'm sure the WGA will correct its error shortly. (The Coen Brothers, who did write it, also appear at number 23 with "Raising Arizona" and 86 with "Fargo.") The most recent movie to make the list is 2011's "Bridesmaids »
- Sara Morrison
Woody Allen's groundbreaking 1977 comedy Annie Hall triumphed over 100 other films – including a handful of the director's other works – to land at Number One on the Writers Guild of America's list of the 101 Funniest Screenplays. The comedy's Allen- and Marshall Brickman-penned script beat out a Top Five that included 1959's Some Like It Hot (Number Two), 1993's Groundhog Day (Three), 1980's Airplane! (Four) and 1982's Tootsie.
Perhaps the most subjective genre in cinema, the same comedy can cause one viewer to have tears of laughter and another to not crack a smile. So, while knowing there can be no definitive list of the finest in the genre, the Writers Guild of America attempted to narrow down the 101 funniest screenplays. Noting the distinction from the best in the genre, these 101 films should simply produce the most laughs.
Topping the list is Woody Allen‘s Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, a choice difficult to argue with. Rounding out the top five were Some Like it Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie, while films from the Coens, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright were also mentioned. There are also some genuine head-scratching inclusions, including The Hangover at 30, and, as much as I enjoy the film, Bridesmaids nearly making the top 15, but overall, if one is looking to brighten their mood, »
- Jordan Raup
“Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.
The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.
The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.
- Dave McNary
Blazing Samurai, the animated family comedy from Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment, and Gfm Films has cast Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks along with George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B., and introducing Heavenly Joy Jerkins.
The film is being produced by the director of The Lion King and Stuart Little, Rob Minkoff, along with long-time animation industry executive and President and Founder of Mass Animation Yair Landau (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs) and producer Susan Purcell (Mother Up!).
Blazing Samurai is »
- Michelle McCue
Over at my other haunt, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, there is currently posted, in honor of Halloween week, what I think are two very special treats (and possibly tricks). The first is a very challenging frame grab quiz in which readers are asked to guess the titles of 31 movies based on eerie images that may or may not be so easy to identify. The other is a special edition of the traditional interview-type quiz I occasionally come up devoted entirely to the harrowing world of horror. It features the usual batch of questions for which there are no wrong answers, only your answers, which makes it much more fun to fill out and especially to read. As usual, it’s taking me a while to get around to submitting my own answers to the quiz, but in the creeping shadow of the approaching holiday I thought I »
- Dennis Cozzalio
In Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. Recently, I sat down with director Christopher Landon to talk about the film. I have to add that he is an incredibly wonderful interview! I had a blast talking with him, as you will see below!
When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, three scouts will fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.
The first question I have to ask is how this movie come about?
Christopher Landon : How did this wack-a-doodle thing get made? [Laughs]
Yeah! It’s a lot of fun!
- Melissa Howland
Coming this Halloween is the new film Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. Part comedy, part horror, director Christopher Landon’s latest movie has Scouts saving the world from the Undead. Landon says audiences will be “screaming and laughing their heads off. This movie is an amusement park ride.”
What’s better than the mashup of comedy and horror to get you shrieking in fear! Just like a Reese’s cup – peanut butter and chocolate – the two just go together. Making scary themes into funny romps, while doing it cleverly, is a hard act to pull off. The films that have done it well have become part of the zeitgeist with fans of both genres.
Before you catch Scouts vs Zombies, check out our list of the funniest horror films.
Tallahassee: My mama always told me someday I’d be good at something. Who’d a guessed that something’d be zombie-killing? »
- Movie Geeks
Horror functions on an intrinsic cinematic level that few other genres can lay claim to. An abyss of imagery and sound that strips away the thin screen between reality and nightmare and allows us to experience the cinema on a visceral level. This goes beyond jump scares or splashy special effects – it’s relatively easy for a movie to “scare” us. But it takes something else entirely to put us face to face with the ugliness of human nature that resides within us all, as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde does so chillingly, or to confront how our prejudices, paranoia, and mistrust destroys communities as in John Carpenter’s The Thing.
Horror in its purest cinematic form is valuable because it rips off the veneer of reality and stares into the darkness that lurks beneath the skin. It’s a genre that doesn’t allow us to exit the theatre with our masks intact. »
- Josh Hamm
Proving once again that, with the exception of Punch-Drunk Love, Adam Sandler is at his most tolerable when you can’t see him, this perfunctory animation sequel provides innocuous pre-Halloween/half-term distraction. Throwaway jokes about Young Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (“What’s that on your head? It looks like a baboon’s butt!”) are included to keep the parents happy while the youngsters empathise with the fish-out-of-water tribulations of a half-man/half-monster child, the latest addition to the Transylvanian family. Mel Brooks provides some lively shtick as old school “grampire” Vlad, who has no truck with this post-Twilight, human-loving modern nonsense.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Local fiends! The B&B Theatres in Wildwood, Mo is hosting a program called Retro Fright Nights starting this Thursday, October 8th with Young Frankenstein. To celebrate these repertory screenings we have some vouchers to give away!!
Fill out the forms below for the respective screenings and we’ll notify you the Wednesday before the show to let you know if you won!
Young Frankenstein – October 8th at 4pm & 7pm
(1974) Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather’s experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor’s fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).
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- Andy Triefenbach
Having shot the to the number one spot in the Us box office last week, Hotel Transylvania 2 reached another milestone this weekend.
The movie added an impressive $33 million to its total over the weekend, facing stiff competition from The Martian and Sicario. Hotel Transylvania 2 now sits at $90 million domestically after just two weeks, and the movie’s $59 million from global takings pushes the movie past $150 million worldwide.
See Also: Read our review of Hotel Transylvania 2 here
Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put »
- Luke Owen
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