Glenn Kenny
June 28, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dracula: Dead and Loving It

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Peter MacNicol, Leslie Nielsen, Steven Weber, Amy Yasbeck
director
Mel Brooks
author
Mel Brooks
genre
Comedy, Horror

We gave it a B-

Even Mel Brooks’ best movies have a fairly high groaner-to-zinger ratio, so it’s almost beside the point to complain that this long overdue companion to Young Frankenstein could have used judicious script editing. The real problem here is Leslie Nielsen, who can be funny playing stolid and stupid but who doesn’t come close to living up to Brooks’ conception of Dracula, which demands someone a bit more ethnic than this WASPish actor. When he scolds his misbehaving thralls by asking, ”Do you think this makes me proud of you?” it’s amusing, but not as funny as what Gene Wilder — or almost any other performer with a Jewish mother — could have made it. As goofy as the nonstop shtick gets, Dracula: Dead and Loving It zips by on the home screen quicker than the sun can reduce the undead to dust. B-

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