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Another spoof from the mind of Mel Brooks. This time he's out to poke fun at the Dracula myth. Basically, he took "Bram Stoker's Dracula," gave it a new cast and a new script and made a big joke out of it. The usual, rich English are attacked by Dracula and Dr. Van Helsing is brought in to save the day. Written by
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Leslie Nielsen's wig when Renfield arrives at the castle and when Dracula goes to the ball was inspired by Dracula's hair in the beginning of Dracula (1992). See more »
During the dance scene with the big mirror, we see Dracula spinning Mina around. The camera then pans slowly towards the mirror, and we see Mina spinning around midair. She spins at the same speed as in the part of the shot that includes Dracula. However, we can see in the background the white-gloved hands of the conductor, moving up and down at a very slow rate. This suggests that the midair-Mina was actually spinning a lot faster and the scene was slowed down. See more »
[still at the breakfast scene. A grasshopper jumps onto the patio. Renfield, intentionally, throws his fork]
Oh! Dropped my fork!
[Renfield gets on all fours and scrambles under the table for the insect]
Mr. Renfield, what are you doing down there?
[comes back up]
Sorry for the delay.
[the grasshopper's leg is sticking out of Renfield's mouth, and wiggling about. Renfield looks at Dr. Seward, confused]
My God, man! You're eating insects right from the ground!
What makes you say that?
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After the end credits have rolled, you can hear Dracula get the very last "last" word in -- "Chervania!". See more »
The one key element to UNDERSTAND and to enjoy a send-up like this is having the knowledge of its background. If you are not familiar with the original story of Dracula, as well as seeing both the Bela Lugosi and Gary Oldman movies, with others in between, then the gags will be lost on you.
People have rated that Brooks is losing his touch. Not so. His audience is losing touch with his level of intellect. A send-up's gags are only funny to those who recognize the source, and realize the play of the situation taking place. In Spaceballs, for instance, the final conflict between Helmet and Lonestarr, Helmet makes a play on the "Luke I am your Father" scene from Empire Strikes Back. But if you have never seen that film, you won't know that, and so the line "I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate" would be lost on you totally.
The acting is great in the movie. Those attacking the "bad" British accents should refer to other Dracula films to understand the joke. In oother Dracula films, accents come off as so fake, it's painful to watch, and that's the joke. The style of the film itself takes heavily from the Bela Lugosi version, in its design and arrangement of characters, though references to the Oldman film are used as well. Leslie Neilson did a great job in the role of Dracula, and his Renfield, Peter MacNichol, was a superb performance.
This movie deserves full credit for its level of parodistic comedy, even if it is lost on viewers. If you can't stand this movie, or find it unentertaining, then maybe you don't understand its roots well enough to appreciate it.
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