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Dracula: Dead And Loving It 1995

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Mel Brooks tells the story of the famous Transylvanian vampire, casting Leslie Nielsen as the title character, Count Dracula. Nielsen has been in so many comedies that just having him in a movie promises some good laughs. This one is no exception. Nielsen's Dracula is a rather unordinary one. While he has all the powers that belong to a vampire, he is also beset with unfortunate clumsiness (a glimpse of which we see shortly after he is introduced, as the elegant count tumbles down the stairs). This Dracula can cast spells, but they keep falling on wrong people. He can turn into a bat and fly, but an untimely closed window presents its danger. He also sleeps in a casket and keeps hitting his head with he rises from it. Yes, a lot of the humor is visual and slapstick, but most of it good, and there are also some memorable witticisms I keep quoting for a while each time after I watch this film. Being a vampire story, the movie has blood, and quite a bit of it in one particular scene. However, it is done in such a way that you know it cannot be real. Unfortunately, some sex-related humor has made its way into this otherwise clean story, so I wouldn't watch it with kids.