Funniest horror movie spoof: ‘Young Frankenstein’ or ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It’? | The Tylt

Funniest horror movie spoof: ‘Young Frankenstein’ or ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It’?

Horror movie spoofs are great at a bunch of things. They're great at making you laugh, for one, as the whole point of a spoof is injecting humor into typically non-humorous situations. They're also odes to the movies they're making fun of. Take two directed by the esteemed Mel Brooks: “Young Frankenstein”—a classic that puts a spin on a classic—and “Dracula: Dead and Loving It,” a hysterical ride that makes a terrifying king of monsters, well, not so terrifying. Which is your favorite?  

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Everyone knows Frankenstein. They know he’s made by a bunch of body parts by some mad scientist screaming “It’s alive” over and over again. A few less know that Frankenstein isn’t really called Frankenstein—that’s the name of the screaming mad scientist—and is actually far more intelligent in the original novel by Mary Shelley than he’s depicted in cinema. However, Mel Brooks in all his glory covers each aspect of both the book and original film in his delightfully witty “Young Frankenstein.”

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“Young Frankenstein” hits the nail on the head with the whole “Frankenstein-isn’t-the-monster’s-name” debacle straight from the get-go. The film opens up with Gene Wilder as the titular Dr. Frankenstein begrudgingly telling a student he’s mispronouncing his last name (“It’s ‘FRAH-ken-stean’”). Then he’s informed his grandfather, the OG Frankestein, has passed away. Now it’s up to him to handle the affairs, which includes a rather eccentric henchman (Marty Feldman), an extremely buxom blonde (Teri Garr), and a woman whose name incites equestrian fears (Cloris Leachman). Eventually he discovers his grandfather's old monster recipe (?), and history henceforth repeats itself. 

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Not sold? You should be. “Young Frankestein” is so. Damn. Funny. It’s a spoof with a quality so rare about it, people actually bother to quote it to this day. Ever hear your uncle say something’s “Abby Normal” instead of “abnormal” and then quietly chuckle to himself? Yeah, “Young Frankenstein” gave him that. 

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The greatest thing about “Young Frankenstein” is that it’s obviously made with love. You can’t truly do a scary movie spoof without having respect for the movie you're spoofing in the first place. Mel Brooks does just that, which somehow refreshes the audience’s appreciation for Frankenstein and his monster as a whole. 

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Mel Brooks is once again the culprit behind “Dracula: Dead and Loving It” which replaces Gene Wilder with the icon that is Leslie Nielsen. Nielsen plays the perpetually bamboozled Count Dracula, whose hair is almost as distracting as whatever the hell Lucy (Lysette Anthony) is getting up to. Luckily, he ditches the wig and commences with whatever vampiric hijinks hijinking vampires do. 

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Although obviously poking fun at Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dracula,” “Dracula: Dead and Loving It” also remains faithful to Bram Stoker’s original source material. Do we think Stoker would be happy about his tale getting twisted into a lot of sex jokes and offbeat satire? Probably not. Then again, we never really knew the man, so who’s to say what his humor was like? 

Maybe Stoker would’ve liked that kind of silly dance scene between the Count and Mina; maybe Peter MacNicol’s Renfield is an accurate depiction of how he imagined the character. Maybe “Dracula” was all just a big joke, and we’re the ones wearing egg on our faces for the past century?  

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Although not as quotable as “Young Frankenstein,” “Dracula: Dead and Loving It” makes just as many golden cracks at terrifying motifs. When you get down to it, is a man turning to a bat really that scary? Well, yes. Not when it’s Leslie Nielsen though. Then it’s just comedy. 

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