Conventions changed, we now had more suspense, people being trapped and spiritual terror. Towards the end of the era we also saw an increase in the amount of violence and gore but this was nothing compared to what came next. The horror was all about the make up and the clever use of lighting, to add thrills. This left audiences feeling panicky.
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Mel Brooks | Biography, Movies, & Facts | Britannica
The moment, when it comes, has the inevitability of comic genius. Young Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the count who started it all, returns by rail to his ancestral home. As the train pulls into the station, he spots a kid on the platform, lowers the window and asks, "Pardon me, boy; is this the Transylvania Station"? It is, and Mel Brooks is home with "Young Frankenstein," his most disciplined and visually inventive film it also happens to be very funny. Frederick is a professor in a New York medical school, trying to live down the family name and giving hilarious demonstrations of the difference between voluntary and involuntary reflexes. He stabs himself in the process, dismisses the class and is visited by an ancient family retainer with his grandfather's will.
However, not everybody shared his vision. You will say this and then, in order to save the company, you will risk a lawsuit and you will print everything in color. So, as a condition of his taking on the lead role, Wilder made Brooks agree to remain off-camera.
Brooks was an accomplished mimic, pianist, and drummer by the time he graduated from high school and enlisted in the U. Army in After serving as a combat engineer in Europe during World War II , he became a professional entertainer, working as a stand-up comic , an emcee, and a social director at resorts in the Catskill Mountains the so-called Borscht Belt.