Young Frankenstein (1974)

Director: Mel Brookes

Language: English and the whir of Tesla coils

Young Frankenstein is a good old favourite. It takes delicious delight in parodying the horror films of the 30’s, particularly those of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. It has Brookes’ characteristic mix of physical humour and pitch-perfect jokes. The performances are perfect, the score is inspired, and the photography is brilliant. I am utterly biased, but I think anyone in need of cheering up could do a hell of a lot worse. Go on, “walk this way”.