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The serious brutality of the torture trend gives way to a more lighthearted type of bloodshed with Transylmania, a grisly horror/comedy going into limited release December 4 from Full Circle Releasing. Writing/directing brothers David and Scott Hillenbrand, whose credits include King Cobra and PIÑATA: Survival Island, discussed the flick with us and passed on a couple of photos, including an exclusive gruesome pic (see them below).
In the film, a group of students set off to study abroad at the isolated Razvan University, located in a centuries-old Transylvanian castle. What they find are black leather-clad professors, a 3-foot-tall dean, instructions in crucifix-wielding and topless vampiresses lurking in dark corners—basically the standard European experience.
“We thought it would be very interesting to mix the college comedy of Animal House with the vampire/monster-hunting genre,” the Hillenbrands tell Fango, “and spoof scenarios and characters like Professor Van Helsing, Selene in Underworld, »
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Even before the Twilight revolution, vampires were in. Before pink was the new black, vampire movies were making their way into the mainstream with a vengeance. And now, with franchises like the aforementioned teen broodfest Twilight and the low-down and dirty HBO series True Blood, it seems that we just can't escape the fangs of a vampire-crazy culture. Which makes the whole thing ripe for spoofing. Enter brothers David and Scott Hillenbrand, the writer/director team behind such gems as King Cobra, National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze and the ever-popular Dorm Daze 2. They are taking the vampire fad to task in their new movie, Transylmania, a spoof that appears to be one part Twilight, one part wannabe Monster Squad (I stress the word wannabe) and one part ever other National Lampoons Presents movie of the past 5 years. Except, based on the trailer below, this movie looks downright awful. Not awful in the Friedberg/Seltzer sense, but »
- Neil Miller
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