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For the scene in which Harker puts a stake in Lucy's heart, Mel Brooks did not tell Steven Weber that he would be subsequently covered in two hundred gallons of blood, so that his reaction would appear natural. This led him to ad-lib, "She's dead enough."
Much of the dialogue from the original classic Dracula (1931) picture is repeated here and spoofed. This includes the film's star Leslie Nielsen doing a spoof-impersonation of the famed Bela Lugosi.
Final theatrical feature film [to date, April 2016] directed by Mel Brooks.
Megan Cavanagh (Essie) plays Amy Yasbeck's (Mina) servant. In Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), the pair play the characters of Broomhilde and Maid Marian respectively.
The character of the gypsy woman Madame Ouspenskaya, who was portrayed by Mel Brooks' wife actress Anne Bancroft, was named after Maria Ouspenskaya, who played the character of Maleva in both The Wolf Man (1941) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).
The bat transformations of Dracula were inspired by the cartoonish transformations of Bela Lugosi into a bat in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
Actors Amy Yasbeck, Chuck McCann, Mark Blankfield, and Megan Cavanagh all appeared in Mel Brooks' previous movie Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).
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 Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).
When Mel Brooks asks "Do you have 'Nosferatu'?" and Harvey Korman says "Yes! We have "Nosferatu". We have Nosferatu today. It is a reference to the Louis Prima song "Yes, we have no bananas."
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When Dracula (Leslie Nielsen) first bites Lucy (Lysette Anthony), the vampire covers her with his cloak before he bites her. This is an homage to Christopher Lee's portrayal of the Dracula character.
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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 the then recent Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) which had been directed by Francis Ford Coppola and had won three Academy Awards.
As Renfield (Peter MacNicol) arrives at the hospital at the end of the film, he turns, holds up his hands and laughs exactly as Herman Munster does in the credits for the original TV show The Munsters (1964) starring Fred Gwynne
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About twenty years after this movie was made and first released, Mel Brooks voiced Dracula's father, Vlad, in Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015).
As part of the film's promotion, Castle Rock released a "Got Blood?" advertisement which spoofed the popular "Got Milk?" campaign.
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Renfield (Peter MacNicol)'s laughter and crazed expression at the end of the "You are my slave" scene and at the end of the "Eating insects right off the ground" scene are tributes to the original Renfield, Dwight Frye, from Bela Lugosi's Dracula (1931).
When Count Dracula and Abraham Van Helsing first met in the movie, Van Helsing asks him if he descended from Vlad Tepes, the first Dracula. It's a reference to Vlad III. Draculea, also known as Vlad the Impaler. He was a Voivode of Vallachia, a former region in south Romania, from 1456 to 1462. Bram Stoker used this person to create his character Dracula.
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Second film which was a horror genre spoof movie made by Mel Brooks. The first had been Young Frankenstein (1974). The pair of pictures are sometimes considered Brooksian companion pieces.
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According to the film's audio-commentary, actor Leslie Nielsen and actress Anne Bancroft, the latter who was the wife of Mel Brooks, Brooks states that Nielsen had told stories on the set of how Bancroft and Nielsen had worked together in their earlier younger years on the stage in theatre.
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Second horror spoof comedy of star-actor-comedian Leslie Nielsen who had previously co-starred in the parody possession picture and The Exorcist (1973) spoof movie Repossessed (1990). Nielsen would go on to appear in such other horror parody pictures as Scary Movie 3 (2003), Stan Helsing (2009), and Scary Movie 4 (2006). Nielsen had also appeared previously in the horror movies Creepshow (1982) and Prom Night (1980).
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Mel Brooks is a close friend of Italian TV star Ezio Greggio, whose movies he inspired. Brooks is often a guest in Greggio's shows, and Brooks offered Greggio a small part in his Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), due to this friendship.
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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.
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The movie was made and released in the 21st Anniversary year of Mel Brooks' earlier classic horror spoof movie Young Frankenstein (1974).
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The name of Dracula (Leslie Nielsen)'s abode in Transylvania was ""Castle Dracula".
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The name of the tall ship was "The Demeter" as consistent with Bram Stoker's source novel.
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This major motion picture's opening title card reads: "Transylvania 1893".
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The film was made and released about twenty-one years after Mel Brooks had made his earlier classic horror spoof film Young Frankenstein (1974).
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Mel Brooks performed a number of roles on this picture. Brooks was an actor, the director, the head producer, a star in the film, and a co-screenwriter.
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Final cinema movie collaboration of husband and wife Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft where Brooks directed the movie but both appear in the later Up at the Villa (2000) where Bancroft co-stars and Brooks does not direct but appears uncredited.
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The movie's aesthetic visual style and production art and set design were predominantly inspired by the English Hammer Horror movies and particularly the vampire and Dracula ones.
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According to the Wikipedia website, "in the film references are made to fictitious books Transavia Folk Law, The Theory and the Theology of the Evil Undead, The Vampires of Prague and Nosferatu. The Vampires of Prague is a reference to the film Mark of the Vampire (1935) and Nosferatu is also a reference to the film of the same name released in 1922 [See: Nosferatu (1922)].
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Mel Brooks has two roles in common with both Peter Cushing and Dennis Price: (1) Cushing played Victor Frankenstein in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), One More Time (1970) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), Price played him in Drácula contra Frankenstein (1972) and The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1973) and Brooks played him in Young Frankenstein (1974) and (2) Cushing played Professor Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), Price played him in Son of Dracula (1974) and Brooks played him in Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).
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In early discussions about the movie, there was a consideration whether the picture would be filmed in black-and-white, as Mel Brooks had made Young Frankenstein (1974) in b&w. However, because of the color of blood and many of the modern vampire and Dracula movies, such as the classic Hammer Horror ones, had been filmed in color, as well as Francis Ford Coppola's then very recent Bram Stoker's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), it was decided therefore that _Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)_ (qv_ would be shot in color.
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Ezio Greggio: The Italian comic and television star as a coach driver.
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Anne Bancroft: Famed actress of stage and screen, and the wife of Mel Brooks, as a Gypsy Woman.
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Avery Schreiber: As a peasant on a coach.
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