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Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

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Mel Brooks' parody of the classic vampire story and its famous film adaptations.

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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 Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Rated PG-13 for comedic sensuality and gore | See all certifications »

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22 December 1995 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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£432,489 (UK) (13 December 1996)
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Trivia

When Mel Brooks and the rest of the filmmakers gathered together for the first time to discuss the making of the movie, one of the early questions was should the picture be made in black-and-white, mainly because Brooks' earlier film Young Frankenstein (1974) was made in black and white in order to give the movie the feeling of the old Universal Frankenstein films. This idea was dropped, mainly because, as Steve Haberman said in the audio commentary of the film in DVD, a lot of the great Dracula movies were in color, specifically the Hammer pictures starring Christopher Lee and Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula (1992). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[Jonathan had just impaled Lucy, and was hit by two rounds of blood]
Jonathan Harker: Oh! This is - this is ghastly!
Van Helsing: Yes, you're right. We should have put newspapers down!
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits have rolled, you can hear Dracula get the very last "last" word in -- "Chervania!". See more »


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Hungarian Dance No. 5
Written by Johannes Brahms
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Brooks at his best
27 October 2001 | by (Kansas City) – See all my reviews

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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