Today is author Bram Stoker’s birthday. The man who wrote Dracula would be 165 years old today, if he had the same affliction he gave his most famous character. In honor of Stoker’s birthday, we’ve found some of the best spoofs, parodies, and satires on Dracula. Because dammit, birthdays should be fun!
A favorite cartoon of mine growing up, Count Duckula was a duck version of Dracula. Every now and again, he would die, but could be resurrected once a century. The most recent resurrection didn’t go according to plan. Instead of blood, ketchup was used. Thus, this incarnation of Duckula was a vegetarian who was more interested in becoming a star than in starting blood wards.
Dracula: Dead and Loving It
As a sort of “follow-up” to the wildly successful Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks decided to tackle the other most famous literary monster. Leslie Nielsen starred as Dracula, Peter MacNichol (Ghostbusters II) as Renfield, Steven Weber (The Shining) as Jonathan, and Amy Yasbeck (House II) as Mina.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
In this comedy starring Kristen Bell and Russell Brand, Jason Segal plays Peter, a songwriter who is devastated over his breakup with long-time girlfriend (you guessed it) Sarah Marshall. He goes on vacation, sees her there, finds new love, blah blah blah. The part we care about is the realization of Peter’s dream: to write and score a musical Dracula tale with puppets.
Dracula + 24 + terrible puns = Robot Chicken.
Andy Warhol’s Dracula (aka Blood for Dracula)
Wait, this isn’t supposed to be a spoof? Did you watch this trailer? Dracula must drink the blood of virgins to stay alive - drinking the blood of non-virgins weakens him. Sounds like comedy to me.