More about the myth of Karloff than the monster, this Mel Brooks pastiche (1974) is probably his best early film: within limits, it has unity, pace, and even a dramatic interest of sorts. Its satisfying look, which Brooks has yet to equal, is probably due to Dale Hennesy’s production design and Gerald Hirschfeld’s polished black-and-white cinematography. With Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, and Kenneth Mars.