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Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)



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Some years earlier, the team-up of writer/director/co-star Mel Brooks and goofball comedy lead Leslie Nielsen might have been interesting, but by 1996, both were well beyond their primes. Dracula: Dead and Loving It bears a surface resemblance to Mel Brooks' previous efforts and carries its share of Brooks trademarks -- which makes it almost amazing that the movie plays as badly as it does. It is truly remarkable how uninvolved I was in it. I saw the movie, observed its composition, noted its attempts at humor and the parallels it drew with the serious films it was parodying, and remained frightfully distant and detached. There were only two non-incidental scenes I found funny. One was where Dracula had two people under his spell, and his commands were obeyed by the wrong person. The other involves driving a wooden stake through the heart of a newly converted vampire. I admit that there was a handful of throwaway lines and gags I found humorous. If more than a quarter of the attempts at humor had succeeded, the movie might have been worthwhile.

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