|Directed by:||Mel Brooks|
|Written by:||Bram Stoker, Rudy De Luca, Steve Haberman|
|Cast:||Leslie Nielsen, Peter MacNicol, Steven Weber, Amy Yasbeck, Mel Brooks, Lysette Anthony, Harvey Korman, Mark Blankfield, Megan Cavanagh, Gregg Binkley, Clive Revill, Chuck McCann, Avery Schreiber|
I miss Leslie Nielsen. He is the undisputed king of spoof and parody movies regardless of how shitty some of them are, he is the one bright spot. Here we have Nielsen tackling the role of Dracula made famous by Bela Lugosi even inherited that strange accent of his. Nielsen is funny as Dracula as he puts his unique brand of comedy to this role and he is joy to watch. However, as the movie went on, he seemed to have little screen time unti lthe end climax. As for how this movie is placed in the realm of Mel Brooks comedies, it isn't the funniest movie in Brook's collection, but it isn't bad. The jokes were hit and miss throughout the movie with one joke making me laugh hard and then it is followed by another joke that at most made me chuckle. This inconsistency is what I think hurt what could've been another great spoof. Mel Brooks is great as usually as Dr. Van Helsing and his scene with Nielsen where they curse each other in an ancient language is gold. Steven Weber didn't leave an impression on me with his hero role. He was 'meh' in my opinion. Peter MacNicol as Renfield was great and I would've loved to see more of him in this movie. The sets and costumes do give off that old Universal monsters feel only in color and it well shot. Also worth mentioned is the amount of cleavage in this movie because there is a lot of it here.
Plot (8/10): Follows the Dracula story pretty faithfully while taking it's own comedic spin on it.
Acting (7/10): Brooks and Nielsen were great with special props towards McNicol.
Comedy (7/10): While some miss and others weren't as funny, it still had many funny scenes and lines in this movie. Compare this movie with any current spoof, it will make this movie look like a comedic masterpeice.
Direction (7/10): The sets and the look of the movie gave off that old Hammer look which I enjoyed.
Eye Candy (8/10): A few hot babes with plenty of cleavage hanging out.
Overall, it's no Blazing Saddles, but it gets the job done in terms of entertainment and laughs.