On August 29, 2016, the entertainment world lost a beloved actor and person, Gene Wilder. Whether he was making chocolate as Willy Wonka or “taming the West” in Blazing Saddles, Wilder knew how to make us laugh. One of his most memorable roles was Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Mel Brooks’s comedy classic Young Frankenstein. In the immediate time after his passing, tributes were turning up everywhere on the internet and social media. Some were simple while others, like the one you’re about to read about, were more elaborate.
Mel Brooks spared no genre or subject when it came to his comedy spoofs. He poked fun at the old West, ancient history, science-fiction and even horror. Young Frankenstein tells us of Frederic Frankenstein, grandson of the famous doctor, who goes against his grandfather’s studies. From Igor telling us to “walk this way” to Peter Boyle’s monster “putting on the ritz,” it made us laugh. Filmmaker Ryan Shukis has given the world quite the Gene Wilder tribute with a “serious” trailer of the beloved film. Shukis takes select scenes from the movie and sets them to dramatic music, making for a fan-made trailer that is so well done and edited, it could be taken as a real trailer. If you look closely, you may even see a scene or two from Universal’s Van Helsing starring Hugh Jackman. The film was designed to make fun of the monster genre but was made so well, all it took was some music to make it look like a classic monster movie. The marysue.com said it best, “So, this fan-made trailer designed to make Young Frankenstein look like a psychological drama feels like a perfect fit, since that’s the type of movie that it parodied.”
There are millions upon millions of fan trailers and mock-ups of old and new movies out there on the internet and this has to be one of the best. While it was a tribute to Gene Wilder, it has come at a time when the monsters are about to experience yet another resurgence with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis and Sofia Boutella set to be released June 9, 2017. It shows that, just like Gene Wilder, the classic monsters will live on in one way or another. For more Ryan Shukis videos, including a new take on Willy Wonka, visit his YouTube page.
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)