Review: ‘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.



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.


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.


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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