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Lacking any of the comedic bite that audiences have come to expect from a Mel Brooks farce, this vampire parody just plain ol' sucks. Read critic reviews

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Dapper Count Dracula (Leslie Nielsen) relocates from his Transylvanian castle to Victorian London with his slavish assistant, Renfield (Peter MacNicol), in search of new blood. He finds it in a pair of beautiful young women, Mina (Amy Yasbeck) and her best friend, Lucy (Lysette Anthony). When Mina's straitlaced fiancé, Jonathan (Steven Weber), notices his future bride's odd behavior, he calls in his mentor, vampire hunter Van Helsing (Mel Brooks), to save the day.

Cast & Crew

Leslie Nielsen
Count Dracula
Peter MacNicol
R.M. Renfield
Steven Weber
Jonathan Harker
Amy Yasbeck
Mina Murray
Lysette Anthony
Lucy Westenra
Harvey Korman
Dr. Jack Seward
Mel Brooks
Dr. Abraham Van Helsing
Avery Schreiber
Peasant on Coach
Cherie Franklin
Peasant on Coach
Anne Bancroft
Madame Ouspenskaya (Gypsy Woman)
Peter Schindler
Executive Producer
Hummie Mann
Original Music
Michael D. O'Shea
Cinematographer
Adam Weiss
Film Editor
Roy Forge Smith
Production Design
Jan Pascale
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Critic Reviews for Dracula: Dead and Loving It

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Audience Reviews for Dracula: Dead and Loving It

  • Nov 11, 2016
    Mel Brooks delivers another fun monster movie spoof with Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Though mainly a parody of the original 1931 Universal film, there are a few nods to Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula as well as to several Hammer horror films. And of course there's tons of slapstick and wordplay. Starring Leslie Nielsen, Steven Weber, Peter MacNicol, and Mel Brooks, the film has a solid cast that does a good job at delivering this style of broad comedy. Also, Brooks' directing captures the look and feel of the monster movie genre fairly well. Still, a lot of the jokes are hit and miss, and the parodies aren't especially clever. It's not one of Mel Brooks' strongest efforts, but Dracula: Dead and Loving It is an entertaining romp that's good for a few laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2014
    Mel Brooks goes to the old Universal horror franchise and tries for another parody homage like Young Frankenstein, this time with the vampire branch of operations. Strangely though he only chooses unknown actresses for the female leads (except for an uncomfortable cameo by his wife lampooning the great Maria Ouspenkaya) which is a substantial break in the formula. So, while laff-out-loud funny in parts, in other places not so much = an uneven offering. The result is that Peter MacNicol as Renfield is the only one in the cast who seems to know he's in a Mel Brooks comedy. Harvey Korman does a good Brit accent but essentially has nothing to do the whole piece, has only one, count 'em, one joke. A tragic misfire, but not a total loss.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2012
    Underrated vampire spoof from master of parody, Mel Brooks; Dracula: Dead and Loving It is a fun horror comedy from start to finish. Though not as great as other Mel Brooks films, this is still a very funny film. This film will appeal to horror comedy fans as much as Mel Brooks fans. Very underrated, Dracula: Dead and Loving It is an entertaining film. The film has a pretty good cast of actors that deliver good performances that will make you crack up. Mel Brooks' take on the Dracula myth is very funny, at times uneven; but Brooks has a keen eye of how to make a good horror comedy. Although not as memorable as his previous horror comedy, Young Frankenstein; this film nonetheless is worth seeing. If you're a fan of comedy horror, or simply a Mel Brooks fan, Dracula Dead and Loving It is probably one of his most underrated films. Leslie Nielson brings great comic charm to the classic horror character. Although the film is imperfect, Dracula: Dead and Loving It is a fun film to watch with good gags and a zany cast. Mel Brooks has always made good flicks, but this is probably one of his most underrated works. The film is definitely not as bad as what everyone has claimed it to be. Sure, it's no Young Frankenstein, but this is still worth your time if you enjoy a mindless horror comedy. This film is underrated and really doesn't deserve all the flack it has received.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2011
    Dracula Dead and Loving It was the low end of Mel Brook's filmmaking. The actor/filmmaker had come from a largely successful career but the films slipped in quality as the years progressed. The cast of Dracula Dead and Loving It are seasoned and talented but the material is not ideal and the joke ratio leans more to the miss than hit. Nielson is well cast but he can't rise above the material that is often unfunny and over the top. Mel Brooks had more success with Young Frankenstein as it had a successful premise and a Wilder performance that supported the premise. It's hard to suggest that Nielson was miscast but something didn't click for him here and the overall film is really disappointing when you consider the talent. There's jokes that are funny but overall you could easily miss this film in the Brooks film library. 20/07/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer

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