!!The film:
* AwardSnub: Concerning the Oscars, the movie did receive nominations for Screenplay and Sound, but woefully ignored Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, and Madeline Khan's hilarious performances. Not to mention nominations for Set Decoration or Costume.
* BeamMeUpScotty: Would you believe that it's entirely because of ''this'' film that the character of the deformed lab assistant is known as Igor? The character was named Fritz in the 1931 film, while Bela Lugosi played a completely different character named Ygor in its sequel ''Son of Frankenstein'', which was transferred to the Fritz counterpart in this film.
* CultClassic: It has managed to get historical and cultural significance several years after it was made
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Most of the cast were already members of Brooks' ProductionPosse, but this is the film that introduced many Americans to Marty Feldman.
* MemeticMutation: This is where the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw Dramatic Chipmunk]] music comes from, when they first look up as the castle.
** Also, I dare you to listen to a normal version of "Puttin' On The Ritz" without doing an impression of Peter Boyle as the Monster.
** Every punchline is a quotable wonder. The movie is up there with ''BlazingSaddles'' as one of Mel Brooks' most-quoted films.
* MisaimedMarketing: Somehow, the "Puttin' On the Ritz" number turned up on the kid-targeted ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}} Sing-Along''/''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'s Music Box Favorites'' video. The clip itself doesn't have anything too inappropriate, but woe to the parents of any children who asked to watch the whole movie after seeing this clip...
* NightmareFuel: The MoodWhiplash of the corrupt policeman who tormented The Monster with fire ForTheEvulz.
** In the musical, after Frankenstein [[spoiler:gives some of his intelligence to the Monster]], the townsfolk catch him and [[spoiler:actually ''hang him''! Thankfully, the Monster saves him.]]
* OneSceneWonder:
** Creator/GeneHackman as the blind hermit.
--->"Come back! I was going to make espresso!"
** The cruel policeman who tormented The Monster with fire while he was imprisoned, and unlike most of the story, it's played very dark.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The obvious padding on Gene Wilder's thigh when he stabs himself with the scalpel.
* TearJerker: See SoundtrackDissonance; the music is incredibly moving.
** Also, [[spoiler:The Monster's speech after Frederick's personal sacrifice. Of course, there's MoodWhiplash afterward with Inspector Kemp.]]
** The DVD commentary. Brooks starts crying during the credits over all the friends he has since lost.
** Frederick's Soliloquy in the musical, where he proudly accepts his name as a Frankenstein [[spoiler:before the townsfolk hang him. He survives, but still!]]

!!The Musical:
* BrokenBase: Was the musical a worthy adaptation ''and'' successor to ''Film/TheProducers'', or a lame corporate shill [[WereStillRelevantDammit attempting to keep Mel Brooks relevant]]?
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofhKUGiKH78 "Life, Life"]] really stands out as a genuinely dramatic and impressive number among all the silliness.
* ToughActToFollow: The musical was seen as this to Brooks' previous, not to mention ''hugely'' acclaimed, ScreenToStageAdaptation of [[Film/TheProducers his other movie]].
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The nusical did some impressive lighting effects, such as flying sparks during "Life, Life" and the rear-projected CGI forest during "Roll In The Hay."
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