DailyView: Day 171, Movie 253
Spoof movies are generally a hit and miss proposition. Unfortunately, the Mel Brooks comedy, Dracula: Dead and Loving It is more of a miss than it is a hit.
Leslie Nielsen, who had become one of the prime spoof movie stars with his work in Airplane and Police Squad, starred as the iconic vampire Count Dracula. The film itself does a parody of the original 1931 Dracula with Bela Legosi.
The film starred Peter MacNicol as Renfield, Steven Weber as Jonathan Harker, Amy Yasbeck as Mina Seward, Lysette Anthony as Lucy, Harvey Korman as Dr. Seward, and Mel Brooks himself as Professor Van Helsing.
The comedic cast was strong. I was particularly a fan of Harvey Korman and Peter MacNicol, who played their characters with a massive gusto, framing every laugh that they could wring out of the script. A scene between the pair where MacNicol kept eating insect is one of the film’s highlights.
There was also some great dancing scenes between Dracula and Mina. The choreography of those scenes were some top notch work and Leslie Nielsen’s stunt double was amazing.
However, most of the jokes fell flat or were so low grade humor that they were only funny to some. I understand that humor is truly subjective, so if you found most of the film funny, I am glad for you.
I prefer Leslie Nielsen in other spoof films, but I will say he made a decent Dracula. He played everything straight and that made the balance off.
Dracula: Dead and Loving It was not horrible, but it was not that funny either.