The Psychological Fulfillment in Watching Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein

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Abstract:
Young Frankenstein, by Mel Brooks, served to offset the anxiety and fear created by previous horror and monster movies. Written and produced in 1974, only one year after one of the most frightening movies of all time, The Exorcist, Mel Brooks created a horror/ monster movie that would relieve psychological tensions rather than create them as the Exorcist had the pervious year, this movie looked at monster movies through parodical glasses. To do this, Brooks used elements described by Freud’s methods of humor and Harries’ elements of parody. In creating a parodical film, Brooks allowed his audience to fulfil both their psychological drives for sex and aggression.

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This success was due to the fact that the films fulfilled the psychological needs that were left untouched or that were created by the films that were being parodied.

Written and produced in 1974, only one year after one of the most frightening movies of all time, The Exorcist, Mel Brooks created a horror/ monster movie that would relieve psychological tensions rather than create them as the Exorcist had the pervious year, this movie looked at monster movies through parodical glasses. Filmed in a style similar to the monster movies of the 1930’s both in black and white and 1:1.85 film size rather than the more common 1:1.78 that is now used in films, Young Frankenstein, was one of the first of many parody films to strike it big in the box office. This success was principally due to the fact that it could do what monster movies could no longer accomplish; they could fulfil the psychological needs that were created by other movies and the stresses of every day life.
In general, a parody uses the obvious trends in a movie or a genre of movies to create a humorous situation. It uses what, in normal movie circumstances, would result in a plot change or development to create humorous situations that in many cases only make sense if the viewer has seen the model of the parody. One advantage to this kind of humor is that it allows the audience to be further immersed in the humor rather than being an outsider looking inward

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