Dracula: Dead and Loving It
Alright. Own up. Which one of you did it? Which one of you is an actual vampire that's sucking the life out of our lovely Lucy (Lysette Anthony)?
Could it be you, Renfield (Peter MacNicol)? The bug-eating cretin who's recently returned from
could it be you, Jonathan Harker (Steven Weber)? The buffoonish Brit who need's
a bloody good haircut!
What's that? No answer, eh? Oh, dear! Well maybe that silver haired gentleman with those pointed teeth can sort this mess out for us?
Hey! Don't get ahead of yourself, folks. I'm not talking about Dr. Seward (Harvey Korman). He's the silver haired gentleman who asked me -- Abraham Van Helsing (Mel Brooks) -- to look into this matter on his behalf. Of course I'm talking about that other chap instead. Count Dracula (Leslie Nielsen). Who I can't seem to trust at all.
Yet again, that's most probably why what next transpires rises from the dead, when the un-dead come back to life. As Mina (Amy Yasbeck) has big breasts - a blood-bank reinvests - the good guys put up one hell of a fight - and at the end of the day, the bad-guy finally sees the blinking light.
Sniff-Sniff! Can you smell something burning? Or is that the Matzo?
When is a horror-comedy neither horrific nor comedic? Why yes. That is correct, my friends. It's when the horror-comedy in question none other than 'Dracula: Dead and Loving It'.
You see, in my eyes, one of the main reasons why I feel this comedy is so off the mark, is mainly because most of its gags and setups come across so dated and obvious in tone. For instance, there are a couple of scenes in this film that are very sketch-like in nature, and don't drive the plot along in any sort of direction. Then there are those jokes that feel too fake or too false to the ear. As if they were created for children or for those people who chuckle at pratfalls or women with big breasts. Plus finally, there are those jape's that... well... just don't work at all. Simple as that really.
On the reverse side of this, though, the story in itself did actually tell a pretty straight-forward and simple story. Not a great one. Agreed. Yet a tale that was eventually told, nonetheless. Also, I have to mention that both Mel and Leslie didn't do that bad a job at elevating this film on occasion. Giving this somewhat dreadful movie a right good kick up the backside, with the intent of making it more than it essentially was.
Overall I'd say 'Dracula: Dead and Loving It', is a film that needs to have a stake through its heart. The jokes where dated. The story was a simple one. The acting was fairly fine. And the only real reason anyone should want to watch it, is because you'll get to see a couple of scenes with Mel and Leslie both acting together.
THE RATING: C