Have there been any horror spoofs that have actually been good?
Young Frankenstein is the holy grail of horror spoofs. As it should be. The thing that makes it different is that it comes from a place of love. Mel Brooks is a huge horror fan and grew up on the Universal classic monsters. He even produced David Cronenberg’s The Fly.
He made this spoof as an homage, because he loved Frankenstein. He loved all of those old films. That’s what separates it. The Wayans Brothers, talented as they are, they made Scary Movie because they hated Scream. They hated I Know What You Did Last Summer. Hated that whole wave of horror in the late ‘90s. They were legitimately making fun of all of it. And that only grew more and more obnoxious throughout the sequels.
Mel Brooks was taking these classic movies and he wasn’t making fun of them. He was finding humor in them, and that’s a completely different thing. That’s why Young Frankenstein holds up so well.
I also have to give a shout out to Brooks’ less-beloved horror spoof:
Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Because I just love, love this movie and I always have. It’s one of his least-appreciated films. But I encourage everyone who’s dismissed it to go check it out or give it another shot.