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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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Mel Brooks

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Mel Brooks (screenplay), Rudy De Luca (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Nielsen ... Dracula
Peter MacNicol ... Renfield
Steven Weber ... Harker
Amy Yasbeck ... Mina
Lysette Anthony ... Lucy
Harvey Korman ... Dr. Seward
Mel Brooks ... Professor Van Helsing
Mark Blankfield ... Martin
Megan Cavanagh ... Essie
Clive Revill ... Sykes
Chuck McCann ... Innkeeper
Avery Schreiber ... Peasant on Coach
Cherie Franklin Cherie Franklin ... Peasant on Coach
Ezio Greggio ... Coach Driver
Leslie S. Sachs Leslie S. Sachs ... Usherette (as Leslie Sachs)
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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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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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). See more »

Goofs

The two vampiresses in bed with Renfield are clearly barefoot, yet when they lumber out of the room, the soundtrack suggests they are wearing heavy shoes. See more »

Quotes

Martin: [throwing Renfield back into his cell] You'll stay in here 'til you rot!
[locks door]
Martin: [Renfield starts sobbing and Martin comes in a second later] Well, you're free to go!
Renfield: Why? How?
Martin: Good behavior.
Renfield: But I've only been here for a moment.
Martin: For that moment, you were very good.
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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

Referenced in James & Mike Mondays: Godzilla: Unleashed (2013) See more »

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The Kaminsky Two-Step
Composed by Hummie Mann
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Pretty good Brooks parody.
5 November 2011 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

While this skewering of the Dracula mythology and the various cinematic interpretations of the story never achieves the kind of crazy heights of "Blazing Saddles" or "Young Frankenstein", it still shows that Brooks still had it in him to come up with some great, gut busting scenes. Being a genuine horror fan as well as a comedy legend, he and his team of collaborators do go to great lengths to give this film the proper look, and it's a colourful, stylish looking movie, going with the idea that the composer wasn't in on the joke and featuring a score by Hummie Mann that's full of foreboding. Leslie Nielsen is the pratfalling prince of darkness who is set up quite well early on when he comments on the "Children of the Night" and "the mess they make" - and then promptly slips in such a mess. He's a delight as always, with wonderful support by a bunch of actors who mug for all they're worth, especially Peter MacNicol as the loony, bug munching Renfield and veteran Brooks colleague Harvey Korman, who in his performance as Dr. Seward, does an amusing impression of the actor Nigel Bruce. Brooks himself, in fine hammy form, plays the part of the intrepid Van Helsing. Lysette Anthony and Amy Yasbeck are both quite ravishing as Lucy and Mina respectively, with Steven Weber as a prudish and uptight Jonathan Harker, and Mark Blankfield, Megan Cavanagh, and Clive Revill doing well in smaller roles. Cameos include Avery Schreiber, Chuck McCann, co-screenwriter Rudy De Luca, Charlie Callas, and the wonderful Anne Bancroft paying tribute to Maria Ouspenskaya in her brief bit. Standout scenes include the staking of Lucy (Van Helsing stays well out of the way for good reason), the breakfast sequence with MacNicol and Korman, which is particularly priceless, and the scene where Dracula is trying to manipulate both Mina and Essie and not having much success. A snappily paced movie leading to a fairly big finish, "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" is good entertainment as Brooks comedies go, and even gives its principal cast members the kind of "curtain call" at the end that we don't see in movies that often. Seven out of 10.


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Official Sites:

Gaumont DVD [France]

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,708,298, 25 December 1995

Gross USA:

$10,772,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,772,144
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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