Mel Brooks aims his pun-gun at the Dracula legend--and, particularly, at Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA--in this undead spoof. In DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT, Leslie Nielsen brings the deadpan humor of the NAKED GUN series to the role of the infamous vampire. Between its many sight gags and puns, the movie sticks fairly closely to the classic story line of previous screen versions, beginning with Renfield's (Peter MacNicol) visit to Count Dracula's creepy Transylvanian castle on legal business. The solicitor becomes Dracula's insect-munching slave and the two journey to London, where the count racks up more victims, most notably the busty Lucy Westenra (Lysette Anthony). When Dracula's archenemy, Dr. Van Helsing (Mel Brooks), attempts to end the vampire's reign of terror, oodles of mayhem and gallons of fake blood are let loose on Victorian London. As one would expect from Brooks and Nielsen, this particular Dracula--who is prone to falling down staircases and crashing into windows when he takes on bat form--becomes the butt of numerous jokes. The cinematic jokes are even better--many of them derived directly from Coppola's lush and innovative film techniques and the bad British accents that abound in his DRACULA film. Horror will never seem the same again.
Avery Schreiber - Comedian
Peter MacNicol - American actor
Mel Brooks - American Director/Writer/Producer/Comedian
Melvin Kaminsky - American Director/Writer/Producer/Comedian
Rudy De Luca
Steven Weber - American TV/Film Actor
Anne Bancroft - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Anna Maria Louise Italiano - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Anne Marno - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Amy Yasbeck - American Actress
Chuck McCann - American Comic Actor
Steve Haberman - Screenwriter/ DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT
Ezio Greggio - Producer
Lysette Anthony - American Actress
Clive Revill - Nz Actor/In USA & UK
Clive Selsby - Nz Actor/In USA & UK
Leslie Nielsen - Actor, AIRPLANE!
Mark Blankfield - Comic Actor
Harvey Korman - American actor, comedian, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW (1970s)
Mel Brooks--who has already parodied Westerns, sci-fi films, Hitchcock thrillers, and swashbucklers--now concocts a hilarious spoof of Dracula and monster movies. Leslie Nielsen stars as the infamous vampire.
Theatrical release: December 22, 1995. The film grossed $10.6 million domestically. Peter MacNicol, who plays Renfield, was a teen star in the 1970s, and the brother of actor Kristy MacNicol. Screenwriter Rudy DeLuca has a cameo appearance in the film as a guard. Mel Brooks's wife, Academy Award-winning actress Anne Bancroft, has a cameo as the crazy Gypsy woman in Transylvania.
"...Goofy....Non-stop schtick..." - 06/28/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.120