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Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

I am continuing my own little mini-Mel Brooks festival, trying to watch the few films I haven’s seen yet. I have always heard of Dracula: Dead and Loving It It described as Brooks’ worst film, and that only a die-hard Mel Brooks fan would feel the need to sit through it. I guess I am a die-hard Mel Brooks fan, because I felt the need to sit through it, and found it fairly funny at times. Since this is horror parody and directed by Mel Brooks, critics automatically compared it to Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. While Young Frankenstein is one of the greatest comedies ever made, Dracula: Dead and Loving It is merely a mildly funny movie, but there are touches of the old Brooks genius here and there. The introduction of Dr. Van Helsing, played by Brooks himself, in an autopsy class that makes every single one of the students faint is both silly and quite funny, and Leslie Nielsen as Dracula daydreaming he is a cured man walking through a French Impressionist type world is somewhat clever. Harvey Corman as the bungling Dr. Seward is another highlight. Some of the humor is quaintly outdated. When Brooks’ Van Helsing asks Corman’s Dr. Seward if he has the book Nosferatu, Corman sings “Yes, we have Noseratu, we have Noseratu today,” referencing the novelty song “Yes, We Have No Bananas” from the year 1922, which was something that probably went over the heads of most of his audience. Maybe this mix of old-style humor is one of the reasons this flopped, but it is also one of the reasons I liked this.

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