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This book proclaims to be a "critical assessment," though what the author ends up with is little more than .

This book proclaims to be a "critical assessment," though what the author ends up with is little more than detailed descriptions of seven of A & C's films, personal asides and a desire to make odd homosexual allusions to scenes and characters. The vast majority of anecdotes on the making of the films are taken (though footnoted) from a number of previously published books and articles and the author provides little new information except for his own outlandish and baseless claims.

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Start by marking The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team's Monster Films as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. While Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are more famously known for their straight comedy routines, they did make a number of films in which horror played a crucial role. The first part of this critical reference examines the Abbott and Costello "Meet the Monsters" spoof films (Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Mummy).

Inspired by the 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, the film follows the story of two American detectives visiting Edwardian London who become involved with the hunt for Dr. Jekyll, who is responsible for a series of murders.

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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Hyde is a 1953 American comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, and co-starring Boris Karloff. Loosely based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr.

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In comedy horror film, gallows humor is a common element In the era of silent film, the source material for early comedy horror films came from stage performances instead of literature. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-7864-1922-7.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a 1948 American horror comedy film directed by Charles Barton and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. A mockumentary or docucomedy is a type of movie or television show depicting fictional events but presented as a documentary. Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s

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A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team's Monster Films. Published March 2004 by McFarland & Company.

While Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are more famously known for their straight comedy routines, they did make a number of films in which horror played a crucial role. The first part of this critical reference examines the Abbott and Costello "Meet the Monsters" spoof films (Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Mummy). The second sections deals with Abbott and Costello's films with horror elements that do not follow this formula: Hold That Ghost, The Time of Their Lives and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff. The plot of each film is examined in detail with special attention paid to the comedians' styles of comedy, the effect of the horror scenes, and the place of the film in the Abbott and Costello canon. The reactions of critics (then and now) and the influences the films have had on the horror and comedy genres and on pop culture are also discussed. A lengthy introduction provides background on the lives of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and the development of Universal Studios as the premier horror factory.

Comments: (6)

Lanadrta
This is a great book that goes into the plot of their various A&C meet...(fill in the blank)films as well as "Hold That Ghost" and "The Time of Their Lives". There is even a brief section on their quasi sci-fi films. Each major "horror/comedy" film is detailed and behind the scenes info is given. Actor/actress backgrounds as well as changes in scripts and plots are also added for a totally enjoyable book. A section supplying background info on Abbott & Costello is given in the introductory chapter, and then it is on to my all time favorite "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein". A must for all A&C fans!
Fek
This book proclaims to be a "critical assessment," though what the author ends up with is little more than detailed descriptions of seven of A & C's films, personal asides and a desire to make odd homosexual allusions to scenes and characters. The vast majority of anecdotes on the making of the films are taken (though footnoted) from a number of previously published books and articles and the author provides little new information except for his own outlandish and baseless claims.

His "critical assessment" might more accurately be described as "judgmental musings." The author often repeatedly makes the same comments about various sight gags being "more suited to The Three Stooges," or gives his opinion on whether certain jokes work, or not. Critical, perhaps. "Bitchy," certainly and more accurately. What is never clearly established is his credibility or expertise to make such comments on the merits of A & C's material. Another annoying habit the author has is to make assumptions on the part of "most viewers." He proudly points out a bit of business, background action or technical flaw that he has discovered upon countless viewings of the films and makes the claim that "most viewers miss this." How does he know? Is it possible that the rest of the audience caught it on the first viewing and he is just now catching up?

The book is poorly written and, aside from the time it occasionally takes to figure out his point, is a quick read. One's time might be better spent watching the films and drawing one's own conclusions. Also, any of the sources cited in the author's bibliography provide all the behind-the-scenes information and more, making them a better value if they can be tracked down.
Nawenadet
I bought this book with eager anticipation. I read the few reviews available and they were very good. However, upon reading it, it did not take long for me to lose my enthusiasm. When I read the chapter regarding A&C Meet Frankenstein, I was very disappointed in the "critical" assessment. It seemed that every move that Costello made was interpreted in a sexual way, and most of the time in a homosexual way. Are you kidding me??? Who gets that out of an Abbott and Costello movie? I have actually read sections of this book to friends and they have all reacted the same way: Aghast! What is wrong with this author? It is very disappointing and reminds me of much of what is going on today - The rewriting of history to support liberal philosophies, critical assessments from a liberal point of view, etc. Nevermind that these writings never make any sense whatsoever, they serve a purpose and I DO NOT AGREE WITH IT! So, take this for what it is worth. In the mean time, I will look for something else to read!
Manemanu
I was glad when I first heard about this book that would potentially fill the void left by other film historians. I mean how could anyone overlook the incredible pairing of Abbott and Costello with Hollywood's greatest monsters? They literally re-invented and popularized this mixed genre with the now classic Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Movies like Ghostbusters owe a debt of gratitude to A&C for mainstreaming comedy/horrors on the big screen. It was crying out for a book of its own. Unfortunately, this book is NOT it!!!! I wanted to read a book that paid homage to the duo with detailed info about the conception of these horror/comedy films, historical facts, unknown insights and humorous anecdotes. I wanted a well researched piece written by someone who is fond of Abbott and Costello like the author Ron Palumbo. Instead, in "Horror Spoofs", I got this strange concoction by a critical queen who doesn't seem to be a fan of A&C and who forcibly casts gay allusions to Costello's antics on film. Not for Abbott & Costello fans or their admirers.
Gietadia
I was extremely disappointed in this book. Not only does the author waste time by describing every single scene from each film, but he injects his twisted sexual views into them. It was shocking to hear him call Lou Costello's character effeminate and bordering on homosexual. What movie was this guy watching! He takes brilliant scenes of classic comedy and spins them into some convoluted sexual psycho analysis. You would best served to stay away from this rubbish. If you want to read a decent book on Abbott and Costello, I would suggest The Abbott and Costello Story by Steve Cox and John Lofflin or Lou's On First by Chris Costello.
Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team's Monster Films download epub
Humanities
Author: Jeffrey S. Miller
ISBN: 0786419229
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: McFarland; Paperback edition (March 8, 2004)
Pages: 251 pages