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Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

Two reporters for a tabloid newspaper are sent to Transylvania to find the Frankenstein monster, or get fired. They are laughed at there, but something suspicious is going on. Could there be monsters, vampires, mummies and werewolves?


Rudy De Luca


Rudy De Luca





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Jack Harrison
Joseph Bologna ... Dr. Malavaqua
Ed Begley Jr. ... Gil Turner
Carol Kane ... Lupi
Jeffrey Jones ... Lepescu
John Byner ... Radu
Geena Davis ... Odette
Michael Richards ... Fejos
Donald Gibb ... Wolfman
Norman Fell ... Mac Turner
Teresa Ganzel ... Elizabeth Ellison
Rudy De Luca ... Lawrence Malbot
Inge Appelt Inge Appelt ... Madame Morovia (as Inge Apelt)
Bozidar Smiljanic Bozidar Smiljanic ... Insp. Percek
Petar Buntic Petar Buntic ... Hunyadi


Tabloid reporters Jack Harrison and Gil Turner are sent to Transylvania with two choices: find the Frankenstein monster or find new jobs. But before the jumpy journalists can dig up their big story, they must first face the horrors of an extremely clumsy butler, a nymphomaniac vampiress and a semi-mad doctor, as well as assorted mummies, werewolves and more Transylvanian oddballs. Can these two bumbling heroes unravel this monstrous mystery or are they in for some very scary surprises? Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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WANTED: Two thrill-seeking reporters, brains optional, looking to dig up the story of the century. For information call... See more »


Comedy | Fantasy | Horror


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Much of the scene between John Byner and Carol Kane preparing the lunch was improvised. The script's only direction was 'cut fruit and serve'. See more »


The plane shown taking off in the opening credits is not the same type of plane shown flying in the air, and the plane shown landing is yet a third type. This could be a goof, but in the 1980s it likely would have been a connecting flight. See more »


Formerly Ugly Hattie: Ooh, bazonkers! I never counted on bazonkers.
[grabs her bazonkers]
Formerly Ugly Hattie: I'm so content!
Radu: You should be.
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Theme from 'New York, New York'
by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Used by permission of CBS Unart Catalog Inc.
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When Jeff Met Geena...
7 June 2004 | by DarthBillSee all my reviews

Horror spoof that is probably best remembered as the film where Jeff Goldblum met his future ex-wife Geena Davis and vice versa.

Jeff plays a skeptical tabloid reporter who feels that he is not making any great contributions to the world of journalism who is forced to go on a wild goose chase for in Transylvania with hapless believer Ed Begley Jr. (also the son of their boss). Along the way, they encounter a number of oddballs who are not actual monsters but are really just downtrodden, misunderstood misfits. Among them is Geena Davis as a sex starved vampire wannabe. Geena fell for Ed, but Jeff walked away with her off camera.

Film takes a while to get going but briefly comes alive here and there when a pre-Seinfeld Michael Richards is on screen as a goofy hotel worker. The film also gets a good shot in the arm from Joseph Bologna as the mad scientist whose entire personality changes depending on whether or not he's in his lab. Geena does what she can and Jeff & Ed have their moments as the reporters.

"Good. Everything hurts." - Joe the mad scientist.

"If I didn't keep you chained up, no man in town would be safe!" - another good line from Joe the mad scientist.

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Release Date:

8 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transylvania 6-5000 See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,507,542, 10 November 1985

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1.85 : 1
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