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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Riff Markowitz

Starring:
Vincent Price
Billy Van
Fishka Rais

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What's it about
The very first compilation from the Canadian children's series, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. This particular DVD focuses on the big and green assistant to "The Count", Igor.
Is it good movie?
In the beginning, there was Igor. You know, the crazed sidekick to Dr. Frankenstein who seemed to show up in every early horror film. Well, back in 1971, he 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 Igormania, you guessed it, it is all about Igor.

The bizarre skits include Igor filling the mote with Jello and a Pet Vet looking to find a good pet for Igor. But wait, that’s not all, we get an icky phone call with The Blob (I didn’t think the blob could talk) and let us not forget about the “grammar police” because Igor claims, “Somebody drinked my Dracola.” The grammar police seem to have a bunch of trouble with this Igor guy. As a children’s program, there is some fun to be had. In many ways, this program reminds me of the classic series Laugh In. It is pure pop culture fun with monsters. But it is not a show I grew up on, so it really doesn’t have that whole reminiscing factor going on for me.

At one point, the Librarian reminds us that this is “Unbelievably bad.” and while it isn‘t great, I wouldn‘t say it is that bad Sometimes the jokes are enough to scare a smile across your face. But it is dated, and not something I could imagine revisiting. I will say that the “Playmonster” magazine sequence was sort of funny… and smoking HOT if you are into monsters. And no you don‘t get to see the centerfold.

The plot of this series revolves around the Count, played by Billy Van, trying to make a monster to take back some big monster prize. If his “Frankenstein” wins, he can go back to Transylvania… or something like that. Yet you can barely tell from this mishmash of scenes from the 1971 series. I’m not sure if watching the entire episode might provide for more monstertainment, but if not, this is really for fans familiar with the show back in it’s prime.
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 Extras
It's as empty as Igor's head.
Last Call
Igor is a fairly annoying character in this sketch comedy for children. He has a few moments, but he is just big and green and pretty damn dumb. This little bit of entertainment has aged, but if you were a fan, and maybe you want to introduce your children too it, it might be fun for some. But if I were the Count, I would’ve fired this Igor in a heartbeat. Then again, the Count ain’t all that bright either.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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