Dracula: Dead and Loving It

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  • Comedy
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Brooks has always grounded his humour on high production values, a practice admirers claim achieves satirical effect and fond hommage. Certainly, this is as lavish as ever, and the narrative likewise takes care to keep up with both Stoker's original and the Coppola facsimile. There are some slight shortcuts. Renfield (MacNicol), not Jonathan Harker, travels to Transylvania, where Dracula (Nielsen) entrances and enslaves him, thus securing food (the crew of the Demeter) and shelter (Carfax Abbey). The Count provides the clothing himself - a Gary Oldman-esque bouffant wig, for instance, which he takes off indoors (one of the surviving jokes). Coppola had trouble stuffing the book into two hours, and this hasty hour-and-a-half feels perfunctory in the extreme. Brooks, as Van Helsing, is one of the more successful aspects, but he hasn't imbued in his stock company a similar ability to rise above their underwritten roles.

Release details

Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mel Brooks
Screenwriter: Stever Haberman, Rudy DeLuca, Mel Brooks
Cast: Steven Weber
Leslie Nielsen
Clive Revill
Harvey Korman
Lysette Anthony
Anne Bancroft
Amy Yasbeck
Mel Brooks
Peter MacNicol
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