Dracula Dead and Loving It is a typical Mel Brooks movie. It’s a spoof of Bram Stoker’s Dracula that’s light on plot, but full of goofy gags and childish humor.
Unfortunately, it lacks the biting wit of most Brooks films. Despite the unending charms of comedy legend Leslie Nielsen, who portrays the titular Count, too many of the jokes simply do not land.
Critics tend to agree. At 11% on Rotten Tomatoes with 37 reviews, Dracula Dead and Loving It is far from peak Brooks.
Sure, there are subtle hints of his brilliance, but not enough to make it stand out. Hence why it also flopped, grossing a woeful $10.7 million on a budget of $30 million.
Now, sit back, satiate your bloodlust with a Dark Truth Imperial Stout from Boulevard Brewing, and don’t rely on Renfield! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Capt. Cash, Mayor McCheese, and Chumpzilla are attending our first staking! Should we wear raincoats?
This Week’s Segments:
- Introduction/Plot Breakdown – Got Blood? (00:00)
- Lingering Questions – After a word from our brothers in beer at Hop Nation USA, we discuss what worked/didn’t work about this movie. (39:14)
- The “Carfax Abbey” Trivia Challenge – The Double Turn Podcast wins a Crucifix Match, and then I challenge the field to trivia about the movie. (57:25)
- Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We kick off “Hops and Period Piece Flops” with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword! (1:09:18)