Tuesday, August 17, 2010
First released: 1974
You know, perhaps it is me. However despite the Barry McKenzie character first being suggested to Barry Humphries by Peter Cook and despite the character first appearing in Private Eye Magazine, and despite the strong, positive reviews of this movie over at IMDb, I found myself less than impressed with this movie.
Despite Barry Crocker injecting the Barry character with a great deal of good natured sympathy, I found this a product of its time and, quite frankly, rather embarrassing and offensive now. That said, it is an equal opportunities offender – every nation and race portrayed in the film are shown in a stereotyped light. The French (or frogs as the film habitually names them, even calling the French airline frog-air) are seen as drunken letches, Australians are displayed as alcoholic, brash idiots, the English are shown are effete snobs and immigrants to the UK are shown as state spongers (you see, Mail readers, there is nothing new under the sun). The racial language would be unacceptable in a modern film. I do not subscribe to the idea that this is ironic and self-defacing in nature – indeed the film appears to celebrate its distasteful side.
Nevertheless, there is a vampire in this – so let’s get on with it…
Dracula, Vampire in Venice and the Monster Club), who is the Minister for Transylvanian tourism – wants her brought to his castle to attract the tourist trade.
Vault of Horror – though, to be fair, the self tapping aspect was a new idea. Plasma also has a blood cellar, rather than a wine cellar.
As I say, this just didn’t do it for me. Perhaps I am doing the film a disservice… but I think not. 2 out of 10. The imdb page is here.