Wednesday, October 14, 2015

31 Days of Halloween - Day 14 - Movie 2

Two bumbling American cops (Bud Abbott, Lou Costello) training with the London police find themselves tracking down the murderous Mr. Hyde, unleashed by his alter ego, Dr. Jekyll (Boris Karloff) to murder colleagues who have scoffed at his ideas.

Somehow I've managed to go my entire life until now never having seen Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953). While not the masterpiece that Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was, this film does it right in the same way by keeping the horror elements horrific and playing them mostly straight. Amplified by some nice photography, sets, and atmosphere, these scenes fit right in with the Universal horror classics of the 1930s and 1940s. There's even a nice nod to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein in the wax museum scenes. The comedy elements work well for the most part, only fumbling with the reuse of some familiar gags.

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