Monday, July 12, 2010
Release date: 2009
I personally believe that comedy is one of the worst genres for a reviewer to tackle. Simple reason, it is so subjective. What one person finds funny another may hate. But if it has vampires in it (and this does) then I have to look at it…
Transylmania has received some awful reviews. It was hated, it seemed, almost universally but, you know what, I rather enjoyed it. It was not the funniest thing I have ever seen but it was entertaining enough. There you go, I said it… My name is Taliesin_ttlg and I appreciate Transylmania…
The film begins with Rusty (Oren Skoog) who has arranged for himself and some college associates to go to Romania, and the university at Castle Razvan because his internet girlfriend Draguta (Irena A Hoffman, Metamorphosis) lives right next door. He introduces us to the gang, many like him are recurring characters from the Dorm Daze series (of which, technically, this is the third). There are Pete (Patrick Cavanaugh) and Wang (Paul H Kim) – dope heads. Lia (Natalie Garza), Pete’s girlfriend who is a goody-goody, and her twin sister Danni (Nicole Garza) who likes to party. Lynne (Jennifer Lyons) who likes roleplay and her boyfriend Newmar (Tony Denman) who has a sexual problem. Mike (Patrick Casey) who is easily confused and Brady (Worm Miller) the geek. Finally there is Cliff (James DeBello), who has gone missing after trying to palm off substandard sex dolls to the triads. The role call ends with a cock gag.
Dracula the Dark Prince) used subterfuge to trap Stephania’s soul in a music box – though he died during the escape due to Edward (Radu Andrei Daniel), his son, being incompetent. For the sharp eyed, Edward and Teodora both reference Edward Van Sloan who played van Helsing in the 1931 Dracula.
Lynne gets a drop of blood onto the jewel in the musical box and is possessed by Stephania – only when the box is open. Stephania can restore herself into her own body by killing Lynne and, of course, Newmar believes that Radu is Rusty and Rusty is after his girl. There is plenty of scope for mistaken identity gags.
Love at First Bite amongst others.
Lesbian Vampire Killers. I think the film succeeded because there was plenty and varied things going on. Yes it borrowed from other, more classic comedies, but the Duck Soup mirror gag, for instance, was an obvious gag to fit into a vampire movie.
All in all 5 out of 10. The imdb page is here.