Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror


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Two reporters for a tabloid newspaper are sent to Transylvania to find the Frankenstein monster, or get fired. They are laughed at there, but something suspicious is going on. Could there be monsters, vampires, mummies and werewolves?


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  • Jeff Goldblum and Ed Begley Jr. in Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
  • Ed Begley Jr. and Petar Buntic in Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
  • Jeff Goldblum at an event for Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

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12 April 2012 | dave13-1
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| Comedy has more misses than hits
Two tabloid reporters head to modern Transylvania - now a charming eastern European tourist trap - in pursuit of a story about monsters, and find the place over-run with vampires, mummies, werewolves etc. Ed Begley Jr. and Jeff Goldblum have good on-screen chemistry together as the luckless writers, but the script does them few favors. The tone of the movie is all over the place, aiming for wacky and scary by turns, but that sort of approach (familiar to Abbott and Costello fans) takes finesse that is not on display here. The production designers worked hard to create an attractive and convincing modern monster movie setting and mostly succeeded, but the script has a too-many-rewrites-by- committee feel and the material is very weak for the most part. Geena Davis has a very appealing bit as a beautiful vampire wannabe, but most of the supporting performances are not well fleshed out and are occasionally just absurd. Joseph Bologna, as always, chews the scenery outrageously as a mad scientist, plus Michael Richards is just annoying and unfunny as a clumsy bellhop. There are a few genuine laughs here and Davis' first appearance in vampire gear is worth a rewind, but most of the movie is just exasperatingly unfunny and tiresome. Avoid.

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