For my 200th post, I’d like to talk about my most favorite Dracula movie. Mel Brooks teams up with Leslie Neilsen, who plays the lead in this spoof on the story of Dracula called Dracula – Dead and Loving It. It starts when a London solicitor named Thomas Renfield (Peter MacNichol) heads to the Count’s castle. Then he becomes Dracula’s crazy slave, who eats all the insects. “Lives! Lives!” While Renfield sleeps, two sexy vampire women enter the room and try to make out with him. I don’t know how they can turn their floating skill on and off, but it works.
There are plenty of doctor gags in this film also. Dr. Seward (Harvey Korman) thinks that enemas are the best cure for all of his patients and as Professor Van Helsing (Mel Brooks) gives an autopsy lecture to a group of medical students, he hopes that they all pass out, which was hilarious.
When Dracula turns into a bat, his face is still the same, but with giant bat ears. Once he finally gets into the bedroom and bites the lovely Lucy Westenra (Lysette Anthony), it’s like he’s drinking a soft drink. Soon Lucy becomes a sexy vampire. When she’s slayed, we learn an important lesson; If a vampire just ate before you slay it, make sure you wear a poncho and put plenty of newspapers down.
After that, Dracula goes after Dr. Seward’s daughter, Mina (Amy Yasbeck, who played Maid Marian on Robin Hood: Men in Tights). “No hickeys.” As they dance in front of a mirror, it looks like Mina is flying. It’s amazing.
This was another great Mel Brooks classic movie. It’s strange that it was the last major spoof film he made, at least that I know of.