Haunted Honeymoon – Newly Re-mastered in HD! What do you get when you combine three of Hollywood’s most hysterical talents with a creaky old castle and a werewolf legend? An amiable, kinky blend of hijinks and horror that’ll leave you howling with laughter! Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein), Gilda Radner (Hanky Panky) and Dom DeLuise (Silent Movie) star in this ingenious, amusing horror comedy that ll put a smile on your face – and keep it there. At the mansion of his great-aunt Kate (DeLuise), Larry (Wilder) is undergoing a psychological procedure designed to rid him of his irrational phobias… by frightening them right out of him! But the jolts and frights may turn out to be the least of his problems when Kate names him her sole heir. Suddenly, the entire family seems a little too vigorous in participating in his therapy – leading Larry to believe that one of his jealous kin may be murderous… and that another may be a werewolf. The film s star Gene Wilder (The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother) co-wrote and directed this hilarious comedy… featuring great performances by Jonathan Pryce (Brazil), Peter Vaughn (Straw Dogs), Paul L. Smith (Midnight Express) and Jim Carter (Downtown Abbey).
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother – Leave it to legendary funnyman Gene Wilder (Blazing Saddles) to write, direct, and star in an uproarious Sherlock Holmes mystery film spoof that goes far beyond the scope of elementary comedies. After spending decades living in the shadow of his more famous and successful sibling, Consulting Detective Sigerson Holmes (Wilder) is called upon to help solve a crucial case that leads him on a hilarious trail of false identities, stolen documents, secret codes and exposed backsides. Featuring an outrageous ensemble cast that includes Madeline Kahn (High Anxiety) as the seductive singer, Marty Feldman (Young Frankenstein) as Holmes bug-eyed assistant, and Dom DeLuise (History of the World: Part I) as an eccentric opera star turned blackmailer, this fun-filled caper packs a slew of clues and loads of laughs which The New York Times called A Charming Slapstick Comedy . Co-starring Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey), Roy Kinnear (The Bed Sitting Room) and John Le Mesurier (The Italian Job).
What We Thought:
Talk about timing, the iconic Gene Wilder died recently and two of his films find their way on Blu-ray this week. I’ve seen both films before, but it’s been years since I’ve seen them so it felt like watching them for the first time.
Haunted Honeymoon feels like a mash-up of Clue and A Prairie Home Companion. It’s a show within a show combined with a comedy who-done-it. Along with Gene Wilder you get Gilda Radner and Dom DeLuise. You really can’t go wrong with that.
There’s some great recurring gags like the butler screaming at Radner because he thinks she’s hard of hearing. There’s a werewolf and back stabbing and laugh out comedy. Wilder is perfect as usual. He and Radner had fantastic chemistry on and off-screen. This reminded me so much of Clue that I’m going to have to watch that soon.
Speaking of Clue, seeing Madeline Kahn in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother makes me want to watch Clue even more. It’s sort of a parody of Sherlock Holmes stories with Wilder playing Sigerson Holmes, the smarter brother of Sherlock. When he first meets Kahn, they do a little back and forth singing to prove she is who she claims to be and it is just comedy gold.
This marked Wilder’s first time directing and you can tell he learned a lot from Mel Brooks. It has that same type of vibe as a Young Frankenstein, but is a bit more subtle. It’s still quite funny and Marty Feldman is fantastic. DeLuise is also in it.
Watching Haunted Honeymoon and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother was a great trip down memory lane. It also shows how incredibly talented Wilder really was. The timing of these releases couldn’t have been better. I took two nights to watch them separately because I really wanted to honor Wilder this week. Pick them up on Blu-ray now.
Cast & Crew:
- Gene Wilder
- Gilda Radner
- Dom DeLuise
- Madeline Kahn
- Marty Feldman
Recommended If You Like:
- Young Frankenstein
- Gene Wilder