Dracula: Dead and Loving It

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2

Somewhat like his YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Mel Brooks returns to spoof another horror classic. With a number of recent movies dealing with vampires, Brooks bites into some of the original material with a humorous twist. Count Dracula (Leslie Neilsen) buys an abandoned abbey in England next to Dr. Seward's (Harvey Korman) Sanitarium. When Seward's ward Lucy (Lysette Anthony) takes ill, he calls for Dr. Von Helsing (Mel Brooks), who believes Lucy to be a vampire victim. When she dies, Lucy becomes a vampire and tries to seduce Dr. Seward's assistant, Harker (Steven Weber). Harker is engaged to Seward's daughter, Mina (Amy Yasbeck). When she is bitten on her neck, it becomes a race to discover the vampire before he claims Mina. Brooks' humor is rather subdued while Nielsen's somewhat inept Count generates more laughs. When Dracula first appears, his shadow has a life of its own. A pratfall down stairs leaves the Count unharmed, but his shadow limping. Young teenagers may find all this hilarious, but adults will see this film as silly.

Much of the film's humor is sexually oriented. Renfield (Peter MacNicols), the Count's slave, is attacked in his bed by two female vampires gyrating sensually. Dracula leers at Lucy's cleavage, complimenting her on the depression at the base of her throat. Lucy is attracted to him and removes her dressing gown in front of the window when she thinks Dracula is watching. Vampire Lucy attempts to seduce Harker with some fairly graphic behavior, but he refuses because he's "English." Mina too becomes sexually aggressive, especially when she dances with the Count and their shadows simulate a sex act. She also makes advances towards Harker. Violence also tends to be humorous, even when gory. When Harker drives a stake into Lucy, a "gusher" of blood splashes over him. A cross burns Mina's hand and Dracula begins smoking whenever sunlight strikes him. Renfield makes a smiley face in Dracula's ashes. Although it is refreshingly free of foul language, DRACULA'S sexually-oriented humor and light treatment of the occult make this farce distasteful.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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Crude Language: Few (3) Times - Mild 2, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Many (8) times - exclamatory

Violence: Many times - Moderate (pratfalls, spurting blood, on-screen autopsy, neck bites by vampire with bloody mouth, cross burns hand, body smokes, choking, roll down steps, stepped on, thrown against wall, poke in eyes)

Sex: Implied as shadows mime sex act

Nudity: None but low cut dresses, woman in underwear

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times - (women vampires gyrate sensually; leering looks at cleavage; woman removes robe at window, man looks under bedcovers at woman; woman entices man to touch her; man puts his hands on woman's buttocks)

Drugs: alcohol drinking

Other: Bat droppings on stair, cross protects from evil, doctor prescribes enemas; man eats bugs; occult world portrayed as humorous

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Intended Audience: Older teens, adults

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