|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|
What can you really say about a comedy that doesn’t make you laugh even once? I mean I seriously didn’t find ANYTHING funny in this stupid shit. It’s full of painfully unfunny slapstick and petty, played out jokes that even eight year olds have heard a million times. Brooks harps on single gags for too long, beating them to death until it just becomes unbearable to watch.
How could you really expect to get anything funny out of this cast? Poor Leslie Nielson is the only casting choice that was worth a damn, but even he can’t make anything funny from the crap material. But Amy Yasbeck? Steven Weber? The guy from Wings? And Peter MacNicol? That annoying guy from Ghostbusters 2? These people are the death of comedy. And the inevitable casting of Mel Brooks biggest fan, which is Mel Brooks. Of course his cocky ass casts himself as Van Helsing.
It doesn’t help that I’ve never really been much of a Mel Brooks fan to begin with. A lot of his stuff is just completely lost on me. Sure Spaceballs is pretty funny, and I do like Men in Tights. And Young Frankenstein is one of the better spoofs out there. But the different between those is that the jokes actually held a fair amount of wit to them. It had clever writing. There is nothing clever or amusing about this movie, and all the humor is deader than the title character.
BOTTOM LINE: I just hated this movie, every last bit of it, except getting to see Ann Bancroft, but that's it. I was miserably bored with failed attempts at humor and can honestly say that I didn’t laugh once. This movie just is not funny. AT ALL!