“Dracula: Dead and Loving It” is one of the funniest films I remember seeing as a small kid. It merges three of one of my most favorite things: Leslie Nielsen’s comedy skills, Mel Brooks’s instantly recognizable spoof talent, and vampires! So naturally I was looking forward to seeing it again, and I’m happy to say that it has lost none of its funny.
Leslie Nielsen is Count Dracula in this spoof of vampires that looks and feels like one of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dracula.” It’s my kind of comedy.
It has the kind of spoof movie jokes and gags like the increasing size of the sheriff’s hat in “Scary Movie 3,” or Nielsen’s “I’m serious, and don’t call me Shirley,” quote from “Airplane.” Those kind of unpredictable, irrelevant to the plot kind of gags inhabit this movie.
I like it. Everything that was supposed to be funny made me laugh, and Leslie Nielsen is just a blast to listen to and look at. What surprised me a lot, though, was Peter MacNicol’s performance as Renfield. I’ve never heard of the guy or seen him in any other movie, so I didn’t really know whether he’d be funny, and I didn’t think he would, but he actually provides some of the biggest laughs in the movie.
I’m probably the only one who liked it, though. The average rating for this movie according to Rotten Tomatoes is 3.0/10, and only 9% of listed critics enjoyed it. IMDB has a 5.2/10 rating, which is a very low rating on IMDB (Transformers 2 won the Razzie for Worst Picture and it has a 5.9 rating).
But I don’t understand why people didn’t find it funny. It’s one of Mel Brooks’s funniest films, and one of the funniest films I’ve seen in a long time. We haven’t really had any laughs this year (or at least I haven’t, having a very weird sense of humor), so it was very refreshing to see an old 90’s movie that brings back memories of when comedies were funny and Leslie Nielsen, one of the greatest comedic actors, was alive. R.I.P., Leslie, we miss you.
I strongly recommend everyone to see this movie. I understand that most people go to movies like “The Hangover” for laughs, but this movie really is underrated and should be appreciated more. By “underrated,” I mean that critics bashed the movie and it did poorly at the box office. If you’re reading this, and if you’re reading this, you’re reading this, go add this movie to your Netflix queue or do whatever to see it. One of the funniest films I’ve seen in a long time.