Review: ‘Transylmania’

'Transylmania'

Energetic, uninspired teen comedy is third installment to the direct-to-DVD "Dorm Daze" series.

With vampires looming larger than ever in pop culture, the time is ripe for a spoof — though “Transylmania” won’t be anyone’s idea of a good one. Energetic but uninspired mix of teen comedy and supernatural silliness is in fact the third installment in writer-directors David and Scott Hillenbrand’s hitherto direct-to-DVD “Dorm Daze” series. Fangs aside, it sticks with the same basic menu of T&A and lowbrow humor. Pic looks to be a very short-term resident in theaters, with better prospects in ancillary.

Smitten with a knockout Internet pal, Rusty (Oren Skoog) convinces friends to join him for a study-abroad year in Romania. The college is situated in a castle where, legend has it, vampire Radu — Rusty’s lookalike — terrorized villagers alongside bloodsucking minions and a sorceress, whose spirit is accidentally released to possess student Lynne (Jennifer Lyons) just as the Count & Co. return home. Faculty includes a vampire huntress (Musetta Vander) and a Frankensteinian doctor (David Steinberg). “Transylmania” boasts above-average production polish for its type, but there’s little the game thesps or helmers can do to brighten the script’s aggressively mediocre jokes involving drugs, gays, masturbation, bodily fluids, etc.

Transylmania

Production

A Full Circle release of a Hill & Brand Entertainment and Lifeworks Entertainment presentation. Produced, directed by David Hillenbrand, Scott Hillenbrand. Screenplay, Patrick Casey, Worm Miller.

Crew

Camera (color), Viorel Sergovici Jr.; editor, Dave O'Brien; production designer, Jack Cloud. Reviewed at UA Berkeley 7, Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 4, 2009. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Patrick Cavanaugh, James DeBello, Tony Denman, Paul H. Kim, Jennifer Lyons, Oren Skoog, David Steinberg, Musetta Vander, Irena A. Hoffman, Natalie Garza, Nicole Garza.

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