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Transylvania Twist (1989)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | October 1989 (USA)
The nephew of a librarian must go collect a 200 year old book, "The Book of Ulthar." that should have never been checked out by the Evil Count Orlock cause one of the spells in it could ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marissa Orlock
Dexter Ward
Hans Hupp
Vinette Cecelia ...
Monique Gabrielle ...
Patty (Patricia)
Marinas Orlock
Jay Robinson ...
Uncle Ephram
Lenny Juliano ...
Maxie Fields
Joe Lerer ...
Hans Downe
Hans Hoff
R.J. Robertson ...
Hans Phull
Hans N. Fritz


The nephew of a librarian must go collect a 200 year old book, "The Book of Ulthar." that should have never been checked out by the Evil Count Orlock cause one of the spells in it could bring about the end of the world. During his trip to the castle, he meets Marissa, a gorgeous rock star and heir to the castle's fortune. There they must confront the only other heir to the fortune and the book, Uncle Byron; and Uncle Byron and his 3 adopted nieces all have very, very, very broad smiles. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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You'll laugh all the way to the blood bank!


Comedy | Fantasy






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October 1989 (USA)  »

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Jim Wynorski replaced Charles B. Griffith as director. See more »


Dexter Ward: Byron, why are you doing this?
Lord Byron Orlock: Because I'm evil. Haven't you figured that out?
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With a special appearance by the late Boris Karloff See more »


Spoofs Hellraiser (1987) See more »


Just Give Me Action
Written and composed by Chuck Cirino
Performed by Stephanie Stevens
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Great movie, or just generally well liked?
7 October 1999 | by (a shack in the back) – See all my reviews

This movie is so incredibly stupid, but it's still one of the most enjoyable films I have ever seen. It is one of those ridiculous movies where everything that happens is totally silly and whacked out.

The plot revolves around a guy named Dexter Ward,who works for a library and must search out the Book of Ulthar which is 200 years overdue. That concept alone pretty much tells what the rest of the movie is like. The characters are all a little odd to say the least, like Victor van Helsing, the fearless vampire hunter, played by the B-Grade actor extraordinare Ace Mask. One of the more amusing scenes features a flashback to van Helsing's youth, in which the child portraying him has a moustache and gets in trouble at school for staking one of his classmates (who just happens to be a vampire dressed in a little Dracula-type costume). I also liked the part where van Helsing is talking about a book that caused two brothers to never speak to one another again. When asked what that book was, he replied that it was either the Book of Ulthar or the latest Jackie Collins novel. Robert Vaughn is enjoyable also with his over-the-top acting that made him such a favorite with Roger Corman fans.

This movie is so much fun on so many levels. The comedy is so crazy that half the time you're laughing at the hilarious acting and dialogue and the other half of the time you're laughing at the sheer stupidity of what is supposed to be funny.

I definitely recommend this movie to fans of Roger Corman flicks and fans of the Zucker and Abrahams movies.


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