Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948, D: Charles Barton, W: Robert Lees, Frederic Rinaldo, John Grant)
I first saw this as a very young kid watching the Saturday matinee shows they used to broadcast in regional markets — mine was Seattle — often with a host but always with a theme: Chiller Matinee, Sci-Fi Saturday, whatever worked for the station and their budget. I remember vividly being too frightened by Frankenstein’s monster. I must have been 6 or so. I told my mom , “This movie is for grown-ups.” But it was formative. Just a couple years later, I couldn’t get enough horror movies, books about horror movies, anything I could get my hands on. I scoured the school library, the local video store, the public library, and anywhere else I could find out more about Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, the — at the time — impossible to find Hammer Films. This movie started a lifelong affliction and addiction — in the best possible sense — to classic horror. We showed it at my house at my last Halloween party.