Day 303 & Day 304 – Dracula: Dead and Loving It & Funny Games (1997)

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Movie Title: Dracula: Dead and Loving It

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.

Rated: PG-13

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Dracula: Dead and Loving It is a Leslie Nielsen and Mel Brooks collaboration that is more snooze than laughs. Dracula (Leslie Nielsen) acquires a new familiar in Transylvania and then books passage to England to find himself a new bride. The movie parodies many elements from the classic Dracula stories, but does not do so in any way that is funny. The humor is lame and tired. There are two exceptionally good moments when one character is staked through the heart and when the familiar is pursued in order to find Dracula. The rest of the movie is a snooze. Nielsen was capable of better and so is Mel Brooks.

Verdict:

This was the movie in which Brooks checked out from directing and I can understand why. Skip it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Funny Games (1997)

 

Movie Title: Funny Games (1997)

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

This review contains spoilers.

Funny Games is a pointless meditation on voyeurism and violence that became tedious at times with its silly late game twist. Paul and Peter are two psychotic young men bent on tormenting wealthy families in a German lake district. They have already killed the neighbors and they will likely kill again. Paul makes frequent references to how things are supposed to go in a typical horror thriller while Peter breaks the fourth wall repeatedly. The story is bare bones. They torment the family and it is clear from early in the movie that they do not have a chance.

Once that is clear the movie drags on inanely as Peter and Paul invent stupid games for the family to play. They hurt them no matter what. The family is frustrating because they do practically nothing to try and ensure their survival. It is pathetic. People make bad decisions in horror movies, but these people make practically no decisions. They sit around and wait to be killed. The twist of resetting the film is also pointless as it was already immediately apparent that they would not survive the movie. At the end, there is a scene where they discuss physics of multiple universes which is perhaps to imply that the events of the movie are not real.

Verdict:

The movie seems to be a meditation on individual consumption of violence, but that makes the plot rather pointless. At about the hour and fifteen minute mark I began to wonder what the point was and realized there was none. Great. Skip it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

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