To all accounts from those who have seen both films, Scared Stiff is inferior to The Ghost Breakers. Watched on its own, it is a likeable knockabout comedy. Much of it depends on the extent to which one can tolerate the team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Lewis gives an amazingly geekish performance, all delivered in a nasal siren whine, while Dean Martin plays more or less himself, a lazy not-too-bright playboy lounge singer. The slapstick scenes are often amusing there is a gag early on with Martin, Lewis and a woman in a stand-up routine wherein no matter whether Lewis plays the husband, the lover or the spouse it always ends with him being beaten up by Martin. Lewis also has an amusing scene tying to dance to a record that keeps getting stuck.
Scared Stiff goes on far too long it takes over 90 minutes before we get to the island, with the plot being dragged out by an interminable series of musical numbers and much runnings around hotels and ships at sea. It is also lazily developed it reaches the end without ever explaining whether the hauntings are real or not. There is the amusing end gag where the greatest horror of all turns out to be skeletons with the heads of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby (a nod to the original in which Hope starred).
Scared Stiff is unrelated to about a dozen other films with the same name. Several of these are early shorts in the similar Old Dark House vein, two are adult films. The other two genre entries are the bizarrely awful haunting film Scared Stiff/The Masterson Curse (1987) and Scared Stiff (1987), the English language titling for a Hong Kong film about a man who can enter into dreams.
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