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The Laughs are MONSTERous!

(No, really–that’s what the poster says!)

What do you get when the legends of silver screen comedy run into the legends of silver screen horror (literally)? You get the 1948 classic, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Hailed as one of the greatest comic horror movies ever made, it showcases the comedy duo at the height of their powers and the classic Universal Studio monsters in all their campy terror.

Glenn Strange is the monster in question, the immortal Lon Chaney continues his role as the Wolfman, and, most memorably, Bela Lugosi assumed the role of Count Dracula for the second and final time. Vincent Price even features in an uncredited cameo as the Invisible Man–and gets enough time to laugh evilly.

Abbott and Costello are Chick and Wilbur, two hapless freight handlers who receive a remarkable shipment–Count Dracula in a coffin, Frankenstein’s monster in a crate. Nor did the shipment arrive by accident. Dracula has designed a sinister plot to empower the monster, and lacks one vital ingredient to bring terror to the world: Wilbur’s brain.

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The Ghost Breakers

The Ghost Breakers One of my favorite movies when I was younger was The Ghost Breakers starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. Released in 1940, The Ghost Breakers perfectly blends comedy and fright with some gothic elements on the side.

Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard) is about to travel to Cuba because she inherited her great-great grandfather’s castle (appropriately named Castillo Maldito, located on Black Island) that is said to be haunted. She is already receiving offers from unnamed others to buy the castle from her. Carter crosses paths with Larry Lawrence (Bob Hope), a radio personality who thinks he accidently killed a man in the hotel corridor, and Lawrence’s valet Alex (Willie Best). They travel with Carter to Cuba after finding out that she might be in danger because of a note (“Death Awaits You on Black Island”) and a death ou-anga, an voodoo amulet of death, posted to the door of her room in the ship. The trio along with Carter’s old friend Geoff Montgomery (Richard Carlson), Cuban Advisor Parada (Paul Lukas), and mysterious Francisco Mederes (Anthony Quinn) meet up at Black Island where they encounter a ghost, a zombie, and a dangerous murderer within their own ranks. Continue reading