In 1974, Mel Brooks created a Frankenstein — or is it Frohnkensteen?
However you pronounce it, “Young Frankenstein,” the director’s riotous spoof of Universal horror movies of the 1930s, returns to more than 500 theaters nationwide on Oct. 5, including Farmingdale Multiplex Cinema and Island 16 Cinema de Lux in Holtsville. As an added attraction, Brooks will appear live from Hollywood to introduce the movie, which stars Gene Wilder (who co-wrote the script with Brooks), Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman and Peter Boyle as the monster.
Brooks will take audiences on a tour of the 20th Century Fox lot, where the bulk of the movie was shot, and also share tales about his good friend Wilder, who died on Aug. 29. One story he’s bound to tell: It was Wilder’s idea for Boyle to don a top hat, white tie and tails and perform “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” Brooks, who said in a 2010 Los Angeles Times interview that he thought the idea of the monster channeling Fred Astaire would look silly, ultimately called it “the best thing in the movie.”
The screening, which is being presented by Fox and Fathom Events, will begin at 8 p.m. To reserve tickets ($13.50), go to fathomevents.com