Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dracula: Dead and Lovin' It! (1995)

By far, one of my favorite Dracula adaptations ever. Vampire movies tend to bore me, but this one keeps things fresh and hilarious. Brooks is a genius, and this is easily as funny as Young Frankenstein. The comedy ranges from slapstick to parody and is complete with plenty of witty puns. Nielson, Nichols, and the entire cast all provide excellent performances, each with their own quirks and unique physical humor. More surprising than anything else are the elaborate sets and ridiculous amount of blood throughout the flick, both of which call back to the classic Universal and Hammer films. The plot takes many liberties with the original story, which is refreshing after so many other adaptions, but still follows closely enough to the source material to make it pertinent. I may be partial to the film since I grew up on it (having missed Young Frankenstein by over a decade), but I am a big fan of the film and recommend it to any Dracula or Horror / Comedy fan!

Rating: 8/10.



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4 comments:

  1. Having grown up on Young Frankenstein, I could never get into this movie. May have to revisit the DVD. Young Frankenstein will always be one of my all time favorite movies of any genre. Chris row B

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  2. I can definitely appreciate that, and my feelings are mutual for Young Frankenstein, I really need to rewatch it, havent seen it in forever and now that Im much more well versed in the genre Im sure I will have a new found appreciation for it! Dracula is more of a farce in the vein of Police Squad and more derivative of Nielson's previous films than Brooks for sure

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  3. DRACULA DEAD AND LOVING IT has always borne the taint of unfavorable comparison with YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. This seems obvious but while they are both comedy spoofs of Classic Horror icons, the two films are quite distinct in their nature. FRANKENSTEIN is a broad farce covering a wide spectrum of the classic Universal monster series. Conversely, DRACULA is a specific and reasonably faithful adaptation of the 1931 Bela Lugosi/Tod Browning film and the Broadway play that was its source.

    This DRACULA is Mel Brooks in a subtler, more reverential mood, affectionately recreating the most familiar version of the vampire classic with the addition of comedy and humor. Thus its prime value is not as a knockabout barrel of belly-laughs but as a legitimate film version of Bram Stoker's story.

    Approaching DRACULA DEAD AND LOVING IT as "Dracula" with comedy rather than as a comedy with Dracula is the key to appreciation of this loving retelling of an evergreen favorite.

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  4. Whole heartedly agree on all points here, and I find it disappointing that most people overlook this loving little comedic homage.

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