Wild and Crazy British Comedy.
Robert S. Clay Jr. | St. Louis, MO., USA | 11/29/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is another Bela Lugosi flick filmed in glorious B&W that stretches the low budget dollar. For anyone that liked Bela's encounters with The East Side Kids and Abbott and Costello, this zany British flick is a good fit. Neither classic comedy nor classic horror, it's fun in a reverse sort of way. Bela covers all bases spoofing his own movie image portraying a mad scientist posing as a vampire. In making these career choices, we get a mental image of Bela shrugging his shoulders at the proposed absurdity and taking the money, paltry sums notwithstanding. British comic Arthur Lucan made a career out of dressing as an old woman. His "Mother Riley" character was apparently popular in England. This must be an acquired taste. Shades of Frankenstein, Bela's super robot gets delivered by mistake to Mother Riley, and the fun is on. There are sight gags and pratfalls aplenty. There's even a frantic chase scene. It's hard for Lugosi to be menacing while smothering chuckles. Viewers that like their comedy sprinkled with horror chills will find the results pleasing. ;-)"
Mother Riley Meets The Vampire. AKA My Son The Vampire!
Mr. Damon Short | Sutton - in - Ashfield, UK | 09/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the last of the Mother Riley films and this one is definately the best. Bela Lugosi is obviously enjoying himself despite taking on this film as a way of flying home to Los Angeles. You can see it in his face as he shuffles up to Mother Riley, "That's My Brother!" he says as Old Mother Riley stares at a painting of a BAT!. Dora Bryan is brilliant as always and so is Judith Furse as the matron-like housekeeper. This film is a must. Anyone who like comedy, old comedy, will love this film. Slapstick at it's best!"