With a career spanning over 50 years, Mel Brooks is one hell of a comedian!
In terms of work, Brooks is known primarily for his parody films and their unorthodox, not-always-family-friendly humor. The best part is that he’s still going strong at 92 years old!
As for my experiences with Brooks’ films, I’ve only seen 4 or 5 of his films and I’ve loved every one of them! I’ll tell you more about that as we move along but for now let’s get right into the Top 5 Funniest Moments from Mel Brooks Films!
Number 5: Hypnosis – Dracula, Dead and Loving It
Dracula, Dead and Loving It stars Leslie Nielsen in the role of Dracula with Amy Yasbeck, Steven Weber and Mel Brooks as Mina, Jonathan and Van Helsing respectively. The film is a parody of the 1931 Universal film, Dracula and 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The story is basically a humorous take on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. A foreign nobleman comes to London and starts causing chaos.
In this scene, Dracula is trying to kidnap Mina via the use of hypnosis but things don’t really go according to plan…
I love the look on Nielsen’s face when Mina and Essie collide, it’s like: “oh come on! Do I really have to do everything myself?”
I’ve seen this film several times and while it’s not the best of Brooks’ works, that look always gets a giggle out of me! Come on, you have to admit that: “Mina, you are in the closet.” got a chuckle out of you too.
Number 4: “Tell Them I Said Owww” – Blazing Saddles
This western satire parodies the westerns of the 1930’s and 40’s but you have to be very knowledgeable about those westerns in order to recognize which film is being referenced. Of course, that’s not to say that you can’t still have fun with this if you’re not familiar with those films.
A politician appoints an African American sheriff to protect the town of Rock Ridge from bandits – much to the distaste of the townspeople.
This film is a bit hard to watch, it’s a very slow paced film and the frequent use of racial slurs may be a bit off-putting but if you can get through it; you’ll have a good time.
I love this scene. It’s a perfect demonstration of karma in action; the funniest part is that the guy who’s taking the message just goes ahead and takes the “I said ow” message and goes about delivering it.
Number 3: A Prayer is Answered – Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Robin Hood: Men in Tights stars Carey Elwes and Amy Yasbeck as Robin Hood and Maid Marian respectively. Robin Hood returns from the crusades and ends up fighting against the tyranny of the king’s little brother John.
This is one of the best comedies I’ve seen since Airplane!
Looking at this scene, I can’t help but wonder what the script must have looked like.
Latrine: Oh dear lord, if you see fit to send me my one true love-
<Sheriff crashes through the ceiling and lands on the bed>
Latrine (looking excited): Thank you!
As awkward as the scene is and trust me it’s awkward; I can’t help a cruel chuckle every time I watch it. The facial expressions alone are enough to set off a case of the giggles.
Number 2: “Oh No! Not Again!” – Spaceballs
A parody of Star Wars, this is probably one of Brooks’ better known films – for the most part. The story follows Lone Star (Bill Pullman), his sidekick Barf (John Candy) and Princess Vespa of Druidia as they try to prevent the villainous Spaceballs from draining the oxygen from planet Druidia.
Yes, it’s exactly as silly as it sounds and there are a number of references to Star Wars, Star Trek, Wizard of Oz and even the 1960 film, Planet of the Apes. As fun as those references are, however, the reference that they make to Ridley Scott’s Alien is absolutely brilliant.
I first saw this when I was about 13 years old and I hadn’t seen Alien yet at the time so I didn’t quite get the joke. But, after seeing the original film, the scene just gets better and better.
I like how the scene builds as Lone Star and Barf order some food at a diner and a group of people start laughing at a stupid joke before the whole alien explodes from John Hurt’s chest. His reaction of: “Oh no! Not again!” is just priceless and never fails to get a laugh out of me.
Perhaps better than that is the reactions of the other patrons as the alien starts to sing with Lone Star and Barf deciding that they’d rather go hungry than risk the singing chest burster.
I agree guys: “Check please!”
Van Helsing’s Autopsy Lecture – Dracula, Dead and Loving It
Our introduction to Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula, Dead and Loving It
Van Helsing is giving an autopsy lecture at the London University and seems to take great pride in making his students faint:
I love how each student faints with the last one ending up with a human brain in his hands before passing out.
The nurse/matron comes in and is just so impressed: “Oh Professor! Ten out of ten!”
Van Helsing’s response of: “Yeah, I still got it!” is just as good and I pretty much have to pause the film here to get my composure back.
Ludicrous Speed – Spaceballs
In this scene the Spaceballs are chasing Lone Star and are about to blast him into little pieces when he goes to ‘hyperjets’ and gets away. Dark Helmet promptly orders that the ship go to ludicrous speed because ‘light speed is too slow’.
‘Ludicrous speed’ is faster than the ship has ever gone before so he quickly comes to regret his order.
My favorite part of the scene is where they pull Dark Helmet out of the console and his helmet has effectively been flattened.
Put the Candle Back – Young Frankenstein
Frankenstein and Inga are searching for the source of some violin music and the entrance to a secret passage…
I love this scene purely because of how simple it is. The simplicity of the spinning bookcase is matched by some fantastic performances by Gene Wilder and Teri Garr.
Garr’s line: “Put the candle back!” sounds decidedly irritated by the fact that she’s now in a dark passageway on her own.
Number 1: A Meal with Harold – Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein is a parody of the various Frankenstein adaptations.
The escaped monster wanders around for a while, eventually encountering a blind priest named Harold played by Lex Luthor – no, really; that’s Gene Hackman playing Harold. I had to look up the guy’s filmography to make sure I wasn’t remembering it wrong but he’s the guy who played Lex Luthor in 1978’s Superman with Christopher Reeve! Isn’t that cool or what?
Anyways, Harold invites the monster to dinner and things don’t really go too well…
The best part of this whole scene is the monster’s reactions. The priest pours soup on his groin and he screams in pain. His wine cup is shattered and he just gets this look like: “Oh come on!”
Then his thumb catches fire when it’s mistaken for a cigar. I love how the monster just stares at his burning thumb for a second before realizing what’s happening.
I’m not sure (having watched this scene again) what was worse for the monster. I mean he gets extremely hot soup poured on his groin – twice before having his thumb lit on fire!
Final Words: This was Fun
Well, there you have it; 5 funniest scenes from Mel Brooks Films. This was a lot of fun to write! Let me know what you guys think on twitter.
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