Dracula: Dead and Loving It

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Overview

Mel Brooks does it again with this send-up of vampire films. That Leslie Nielson plays the great blood-sucking count gives viewers a good idea as to what they are in for. This Dracula takes himself very seriously despite the fact that he's a bit of a klutz with a tendency to slip in the bat guano that adorns his castle floor. Staying very close to Bram Stoker's original story, Brooks also pays sly homage to other major vampire film classics, including Nosferatu. Though silly but subtle gags abound in this outing,...
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Overview

Mel Brooks does it again with this send-up of vampire films. That Leslie Nielson plays the great blood-sucking count gives viewers a good idea as to what they are in for. This Dracula takes himself very seriously despite the fact that he's a bit of a klutz with a tendency to slip in the bat guano that adorns his castle floor. Staying very close to Bram Stoker's original story, Brooks also pays sly homage to other major vampire film classics, including Nosferatu. Though silly but subtle gags abound in this outing, Brooks has taken great care to recreate the late 19th-century atmosphere in rich detail and harkens back to Hammer horror movies popular during the '50s and '60s.
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Editorial Reviews

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Dracula: Dead and Loving It received much scorn at the time of its release, as critics derided the creative bankruptcy they thought it represented in both its star (Leslie Nielsen) and its writer/director (Mel Brooks). Too bad those critics couldn't know how truly bankrupt the parody genre would become in the years to follow. If Dracula: Dead and Loving It can be accused of anything, it's of being sort of limp. Brooks and Nielsen have both been famous for the gag-a-minute pacing of their material, so it's a bit surprising that their first and only collaboration traffics in more a sporadic kind of joke-slinging. In fact, many scenes don't even end on a joke. However, since some jokes work on a basic visual level -- such as Steven Weber's Harker getting repeatedly drenched by blood after staking a corpse -- the decision to concentrate on a relatively small number of them can actually be viewed as a disciplined sort of shrewdness. Unfortunately, comic minimalism is not why most people watch either a Brooks movie or a Nielsen movie, meaning Dead and Loving It should still be filed among the lesser works of both funnymen. At the very least it's fun to see the two legends interacting with each other, especially in the scene where Brooks' Van Helsing and Nielsen's Count Dracula jockey to see who can get in the last word -- which has a funny payoff at the end. Also, Peter MacNicol was a brilliant casting choice to play Renfield. With his excellent ability to twitch and dart his eyes around the room, he was born to play that character. Still, viewers are more likely to remember a bat with Leslie Nielsen's head crashing into a window and going cross-eyed, which is a more representative example of the film's humor level.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • UPC: 053939252934
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Nielsen Dracula
Peter MacNichol Renfield
Steven Weber Jonathan Harker
Amy Yasbeck Mina
Lysette Anthony Lucy
Harvey Korman Dr. Seward
Carol Arthur Villager
Elaine Ballace Ballroom Guest
Audrey Baranishyn Ballroom Dancer
Gregg Binkley Woodbridge
Mark Blankfield Martin
Jeffrey Broadhurst Ballroom Dancer
Mel Brooks Dr. Abraham Van Helsing
Megan Cavanagh Essie
Megan Cavanaugh Essie
Johnny Cocktails Intern
Phillip Connery Ship Captain
Michael Connors Intern
Lisa Cordray Hat Check Girl
Ric Coy Intern
Kevin Crawford Ballroom Dancer
Jennifer Crystal Nurse
Rudy de Luca Guard
David DeLuise Intern
Barbaree Earl Ballroom Guest
Sonje Fortag Villager
Cherie Franklin Peasant on Coach
John Frayer Ballroom Dancer
Vince Grant Intern
Ezio Greggio Coach Driver
Tony Griffin Crewman
Darla Haun Brunette Vampire
Sandy Johnson Ballroom Dancer
Henry Kaiser Villager
Kathleen Kane Villager
Zale Kessler Orchestra Leader
Casey King Crewman
Shirley Kirkes Ballroom Dancer
Tommy Koenig Intern
Manette LaChance Ballroom Dancer
Ben Livingston Young Lover at Picnic
Derek Mark Lochran Villager
Cindy Marshall-Day Young Lover at Picnic
Stan Mazin Ballroom Dancer
Chuck McCann Innkeeper
Tricia McFarlin-Mattson Ballroom Dancer
Anne McVey Ballroom Dancer
Ira Miller Villager
Grinnell Morris Intern
Delores Nemiro Ballroom Dancer
Maura Nielsen Ballroom Guest
Thea Nielsen Ballroom Guest
Jim Peace Ballroom Dancer
Jody Peterson Ballroom Dancer
Matthew Porretta Handsome Lieutenant at Ball
Dennon Rawles Ballroom Dancer
Nick Rempel Crewman
Clive Revill Sykes
Karen Roe Blond Vampire
Sandra Rovetta Ballroom Dancer
Alton Ruff Ballroom Dancer
Leslie S. Sachs Usherette
Blane Savage Ballroom Dancer
David Savoy Speciality Dancer
Sharon Savoy Speciality Dancer
Avery Schreiber Peasant Couple in Coach
Robin Shepard Ballroom Guest
Loraine Shields Villager
Stephen Wolfe Smith Intern
Ted Sprague Ballroom Dancer
Richard Alan Stewart Intern
Jude Van Wormer Ballroom Dancer
Alan Walls Ballroom Dancer
Maud Winchester Ballroom Guest
Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Albiez Special Effects
Larz Anderson Special Effects
Bruce Barbour Stunts
Robert Latham Brown Associate Producer, Production Manager
Lindsay Chag Casting
Terry P. Chapman Special Effects
Lauren Cory Set Decoration/Design
Rudy de Luca Original Story, Screenwriter
Brad Dechter Musical Arrangement
Gregg Goldstone Asst. Director
Steve Haberman Original Story, Screenwriter
Steve Harborman Screenwriter
Bruce Hill Art Director
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Barbara Ann Jaeckel Set Decoration/Design
Alan Johnson Choreography
Allen Johnson Choreography
Elliot Koretz Sound Editor
Conrad Krumm Special Effects
Norman Langley Camera Operator
Hummie Mann Score Composer
David Marquette Musical Direction/Supervision
Colin C. Mouat Sound Editor
Michael D. O'Shea Cinematographer
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. Set Decoration/Design
Jan Pascale Set Decoration/Design
John Phillips Sound Editor
Robert A. Phillips Special Effects
Lambert Powell Special Effects
Richard Ratliff Special Effects
Hal Sanders Sound Editor
Gary Schaedler Special Effects
Peter Schindler Executive Producer, Producer
Carol Schwartz Makeup
Robert Scott Asst. Director
Mike Shea Special Effects Supervisor
Dodie Shepard Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Shepard Casting
Kenneth J. Silverstein Asst. Director
Doyle Smiley Special Effects
Roy Forge Smith Production Designer
Steven H. Smith Camera Operator
R.L. Tolbert Stunts
Paul Vigil Special Effects
Mike Washlake Stunts
Adam Weiss Editor
Adom Weiss Cinematographer
Darrell Woodard Asst. Director
Leah Zappy Associate Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Mel Brooks, know what to expect?

    Again Mel Brooks doesn't give a classic a break. As before, the script follows fairly close the original story, just tweaked a little. Leslie Nielson does a good Dracula and the cast supports well. Good for laughs and to enjoy.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Hurray for comedy horror!

    I love this movie--it is a typical Leslie Nielsen comedy. It's ridiculous, crazy and funny from beginning to end.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Never Fails to Make me Laugh!

    One of the best comedies I have ever viewed. Puts me in stitches. The cast is hilarious; Peter MacNicol's portrayal of Renfield really made the movie. This twisted spoof is sure to please. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mel Brooks has done it again in Dead and Loving It! This has both naughty and typical humor. From Dracula slipping in bat guano to Dracula dancing with Mina, this film covers the overall storyline of Bram Stoker's novel with a little comedy in between!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Now That I've Read The Bram Stoker Book I Find This Hilarious!

    The first time I watched Dracula Dead and Loving it, I didn't really enjoy it and after watching it I thought of it as not one of Mel Brooks' best comedy movies but that was before I read the book Dracula by Bram Stoker and saw the Dramatic Horror Dracula movies, including Bram Stoker's Dracula which this movie spoofs. Now I see it as not only very funny but surprisingly very close in spirit to the book more so than the movie Bram Stoker's Dracula. I highly recommend this DVD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun Dracula Movie

    This is one of the best Dracula Movies ever made it makes fun of other Dracula movies Such as "Bram Stokers Dracula" "Dracula - 1979" "Nosferatu" "Horror of Dracula" "Dracula - 1931" Lesile Nilsen does great as Count Dracula And Mel Brooks as Professor Van Helsing this is in the same vein as "Love at First Bite" with George Hamiltion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a great stress relief

    My husband and I have watched this movie over and over. He quotes it verbatum. He loves the 'gahhhhlic!!!! scene. We always crack up at Renfield!!! 'Renfield! you asssshole!!!!!!'when he lets the sunshine it, is priceless!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic comedy

    I was rolling on the floor laughing. Super funny. The cast is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny

    Leslie Nielson is simply the man and so is Mel Brooks. Funny movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003

    Absolutely Hilarious!

    It can't get any better than this... Leslie Nielson's slapstick comedy combined with Mel Brook's legendary Jewish humor will have you gasping for air in this Bram Stoker parody. A must-see for any Dracula, Mel Brooks or Leslie Nielson fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2003

    His unDead I'm Lovin' It

    This movie made me laugh so hard I cried. I must-have for any comedy/horror lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2001

    CUTS DOWN TO THE FUNNY BONE!

    Mel Brooks creates the best funny horror comedy movies ever made.Leslie Nelsion plays the Undead Count Dracula,Amy Yasbeck plays Mina,and Steven Weber plays Jonathon.This follows the real Dracula story only with a little kick!A must see!Rated PG-13 for comedic sensuality and gore.

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