Combustible Celluloid
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With: Leslie Nielsen, Peter MacNicol, Steven Weber, Amy Yasbeck, Lysette Anthony, Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman, Mark Blankfield, Megan Cavanagh, Clive Revill, Chuck McCann
Written by: Mel Brooks, Rudy De Luca, Steve Haberman
Directed by: Mel Brooks
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for comedic sensuality and gore
Running Time: 88
Date: 12/22/1995

Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Camp Vamp

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Mel Brooks' most recent film, Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), should have recalled his classic Young Frankenstein, but it's an out-and-out failure. Oddly, it's more interested in telling the Bram Stoker story in a straightforward manner, inserting jokes only sporadically. Even then, the jokes are just not funny. The problem is that it's just not concerned with filmmaking; if it had spoofed Tod Browning or even Francis Coppola's version it might have gone somewhere. Leslie Neilsen plays the title role with a shaky Hungarian accent, and Brooks plays Van Helsing. Peter MacNicol, StevenWeber, Amy Yasbeck and Harvey Korman co-star. Brooks does a commentary track with his two co-writers Rudy De Luca and Steve Haberman, along with Weber and Yasbeck. It's not funny either.

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