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Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

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

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Usherette (as Leslie Sachs)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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

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22 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drácula: Muerto pero feliz  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,693,649 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The basic concept for this movie's male and female characters, as stated on the film's audio-commentary, that all the men would be idiots and all the women would be beautiful. See more »

Goofs

When Count Dracula is spinning Mina around in front of the mirror, he is holding her by one arm and one leg, both stretched out towards him. In the mirror, her legs are closer to each other than before. See more »

Quotes

Dracula: [in a dream walking about in the daylight thinking it's real] Everything is so lovely and colorful, and the sun is so shiny!
[He spots two lovers having a picnic]
Dracula: Say there, I just can't help that it is so lovely out here today, but if I could just spare it for a piece of your... chicken?
Lover at Picnic: Oh sure, and some wine?
Dracula: I never drink... wine
[thinks for about three seconds]
Dracula: Oh what the hell, let me try it.
[tastes the wine]
Dracula: ...It's good!
Renfield: [Running towards him shouting] Master! Master!
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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 »

Connections

References History of the World: Part I (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Dance No. 5
Written by Johannes Brahms
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The most underrated comedy in my DVD arsenal
12 July 2004 | by (SLC, UT) – See all my reviews

"Dracula: Dead and Loving It" is a movie that seems to define what someone either really likes or dislikes about a comedy, and more specifically a parody: gags. For me, the gags herein worked, there were reasons for their having been used and therefore makes it funny to me. The storyline didn't stall, the gags weren't desperate for laughs, and the acting was exactly what was needed: the comedic touch.

The casting choice to have Steven Weber and Amy Yasbeck, both veterans of the TV series "Wings", was brilliant because the chemistry between their personalities was proven and honed before the movie. The choice of Leslie Nielsen for the titular role was dead-on. Someone that has the wisdom of centuries (decades, whatever), is cunning (a la the Naked Gun series), and above all, never gives up (until turned to dust). Mel Brooks, having proved his comedic prowess with films like "Young Frankenstein", comes through in the role of Van Helsing. Even the incidental characters seem to have a reason to belong and flow in the movie, like Essie, the guardian of Mina, or Martin, Dr. Seward's right-hand man of the sanitarium...

Martin: "...the patient in the west wing? He's havin' a conniption fit."

Dr. Seward: "Oh. Give him an enima."

As stated, the movie will most likely be quite funny or very dull, depending on what the viewer expects from it beforehand. Being that I like a good slapstick comedy (and I do), the performances above all are what were able to pull me in.

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"Dracula: Dead and Loving It" gets 9 of 10 stars


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