This week, I’m participating in Nancy Gideon’s Haunted Open House Blog Hop! For more Tricks and Treats, stop by Nancy’s Haunted Open House – She’ll be there all week with special guests and fun Halloween events!
Did you ever see Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein?
I did. When I was seven. The movie played as a Saturday matinee, a comedy, they said. My older brother and his much worldlier friend were on their way to see it.
Why couldn’t I go too?
At first my mother said no then caved in to the hissy fit I threw. Triumphant, off I went for an afternoon of fun.
Count Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein. At seven, I’d never seen, or even imagined such ghouls.
Count Dracula – deathly white, awakens with fangs bared seeking blood.
The Wolf Man – an actual human who transforms before our eyes. More fangs, with fur and claws. Snarling, snapping in relentless pursuit of flesh.
Frankenstein, stiff, horrible and huge. Stalking. A zombie in search of a brain.
Comedy my foot. Heavy stuff for a youngster used to the likes of Howdy Doody and Captain Kangaroo. I was terrified! Those three blood curdling monsters followed us home, you know. Took up residence in our attic. Waiting…..
I couldn’t sleep alone for weeks.
Fast forward a few decades. Through adult eyes I see the film for what it was. A horror comedy, that film, and subsequent others, were made to showcase characters from Universal Studios’ horror monster stable. Full of slapstick, mistaken identity and silly misunderstandings, I understand now.
In 2001, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was chosen to be preserved in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
All I know is those three scared the bejeebers out of me. Oh wait! They still do.
By the way, what’s in your attic?
Now let’s go see what everyone else is handing out!