Film Review: Dracula Dead And Loving It (1995)

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SYNOPSIS: “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 Doctor Van Helsing is brought in to save the day.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: As the quality of Mel Brooks‘ comedies in general and … Continue reading

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Key Genre Films 1980s

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How things have changed. In the forties, for instance, one would find it difficult to name twenty good genre films of the decade but, since the late seventies, Hollywood has learned that their baby-booming audiences could not only handle strong horror and science fiction concepts, they craved them. Filmmakers everywhere went into overdrive. Like television today, there wasn’t a production house around that didn’t have at least one genre project in the making. The first … Continue reading

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Comedy With Bite

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I’ve recently completed a review for Mel Brooks’ 1995 film Dracula: Dead And Loving It, which takes a few lame swipes at Nosferatu (1922), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Horror Of Dracula (1958), but seldom veers off into the slew of newer vampire movies, including Interview With The Vampire (1994). The problem with this approach is that sending-up old vampire cliches is no great cinematic innovation. From Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) to Old … Continue reading

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