Director Charles Barton
Year 1948
Starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr.
Run Time 83min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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"It's a Grand New Idea for Fun!"

The poster for ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN says it all. And what an idea! 1948's opening entry in the horror-comedy genre sees the boys playing baggage clerks handling a couple of crates headed to a "House of Horrors" wax museum. Of course -- OF COURSE -- these crates contain the totally-alive bodies of Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi's only other time playing Dracula!) and Frankenstein's Monster (Glenn Strange). Tortured antihero Larry "Wolfman" Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) tries to warn Chick (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur (Lou Costello), but the wackiness must ensue! There's a femme fatale, an island castle, and a ludicrous Dracula scheme to implant Wilbur's brain into Frankenstein's Monster.

We owe a collective debt of gratitude to whoever came up with the idea of marrying the brilliant gags and goofball jokes of A&C with the spooky villainy and misty visuals of the Universal monsters. The "funny guys have a run-in with the supernatural" genre went on to produce GHOSTBUSTERS, SHAUN OF THE DEAD and most recently THIS IS THE END. However, this is the original and one of the funniest, spookiest and weirdest pairings ever (as well as a perfect entree for your kiddos into the world of monsters). 

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