TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000 (1985)
Article 5079 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Rudy De Luca
Featuring Jeff Goldblum, Joseph Bologna, Ed Begley Jr.
What it is: Monster comedy
Two tabloid reporters are sent to Transylvania to investigate a video that claims that Frankenstein is on the loose in the area.
Well, I like the familiar faces in the cast; outside of those listed above, it features Carol Kane, Jeffrey Jones, John Byner, Geena Davis, Michael Richards and Norman Fell. I also like the way the movie reverses one old monster movie cliche by having the people at the inn, upon hearing the name of Frankenstein, break out in laughter. And I also like the concept that Transylvanians might try making money by developing a theme hotel based on their horror reputation. But that’s about it for what is mostly a depressing and ineffectual horror comedy that often spins its wheels with bad one-liners, bizarre running jokes and only the thinnest wisp of a story. The actors are in there giving it their best shot, but their comic ammunition is a series of blanks. The only thing that steals the movie is Geena Davis’s costume, and that’s probably all you’ll remember about it.