HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN:...
Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
Segments from the 1970's Canadian show, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. This children's show offers up a mix of education, but with a heavy amount of silliness. This DVD offers up a potion of Grizelda, and her stomach churning meals.
Is it good movie?
You even know that one chick that is really obnoxious, and somehow thinks she is something really special, even though she is all warty and witchy looking. That would be Grizelda. And back in 1971, she appeared alongside a few other “classic monsters” in the variety children’s series, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. This Canadian series played it for laughs, with an introduction by great horror icon, Vincent Price and continues with a skit, a joke, and something for the young folk to learn thrown in for good measure. I happen to have in my hand four of these DVD’s that focus on a single character, even though all the crazy inhabitants of the castle get screen time. With Grizelda: Eat, Drink and Be Scary, you can enjoy a hearty meal with the old witch.
Out of all the characters, Grizelda is by far the most grating. She is played by the series regular, Billy Van, and you’d often find her posing, asking certain classic actresses to watch out… see, she is really ugly but she thinks she is sexy. While this is cute once or twice, it quickly looses it’s laugh factor when it happens ten times or so. It all happens on her cooking show, called Grizelda The Ghastly Gourmet. And yes, ghastly is correct. I don’t need to tell you that this was my least favorite disc, since this character is hard to take, especially when the entire freakin’ disc revolves around her. It is much more painful than eating any of her gruesome creations. At least we have Mr. Price!
Video / Audio
Video: This full screen transfer is good for what you are getting, this is an old show and Im surprised it looks as clear as it does.
Audio: The mono audio works. I’m guessing that this is as good as it is going to get for this series.
The witches brew is just an empty cauldron.
The Hilarious House of Frightenstein is not my favorite blast from the past. Possibly because it was not part of my personal past. But I did find some charm in this wacky series, but not in this particular disc. Grizelda was not a pleasant character to watch. Even Igor is not nearly this dull. Again, this series may bring back a lot of fond memories for some, but for me, it certainly didn’t make me miss the television of yesteryear.