HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN:...
Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
A series of segments from the 1970's Canadian series The Hilarious House of Frightenstein featuring "The Librarian". A children's show that aims for the funny bone.
Is it good movie?
Welcome back to that crazy house of Frightenstein. The Hilarious House of Frankenstein that is. The old campy Canadian show that features a bunch of wild and wacky characters who are presented in short skits. This time, it is actor Billy Van as the creepy LibrarianÖ then again, he plays all the main characters here except Igor. Well, okay, this librarian isnít all that creepy, he is just kind of crusty. He presents several stories that are familiar to children, including the old tale of the tortoise and the hare. Each one of his books are finished off with the moral of the story. Fun timesÖ really! No seriously, fun times indeed. Okay, itís not really fun, unless of course this is something you watched as a child.
Much like the other volumes, this features a bunch of quick little vignettes throughout, that are all included on each disc. Youíve got the gorilla that keeps getting rocks thrown at him. Youíve got the ghostly host with the most, played by Vincent Price. And youíve also got that damn mosquito (man in giant mosquito suit), the one that tells really bad jokes. Out of all the characters, I think I enjoyed this purple puppet named Gronk, or something like that. It seems he is like the Loch Ness Monster or something along those lines. Gronk rocks! But as the title suggests, most of the time is spent on the Librarian himself, but it also features other characters catching up on their reading.
The question is, will this hold up to young viewers today? And I think maybe it would. The problem is, it feels so utterly dated. I donít know that children are going to want to watch something like this over, say, The Jonas Brothers. You never know though, as children will sometimes surprise you with how open they are to new things. I like the fact that this librarian character is so terrified by everything he reads, and that silliness might be very entertaining to some. And at least he is better than Grizelda.
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. Iím guessing that this is as good as it is going to get for this series.
The only thing is this library are a bunch of cobwebs.
The Librarian is certainly full of not so scary tales. Sure he seems to be frightened by them, but he is obviously off his rocker. But he happens to be one of the more entertaining characters in The Hilarious House of Frankenstein. Again, if you were a fan as a child, you probably have to own this. Anybody else, rent it first and see if it is worth experiencing all the chapters in these wacky tales.