TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000 (1985) Reviews of cheesy comedy


Transylvania 6-5000 is a 1985 American comedy horror film about two reporters who are assigned to prove the existence of the Frankenstein monster.

Written and directed by Rudy De Luca (Dracula: Dead and Loving It; Caveman; High Anxiety). It was produced by Thomas H. Brodek and Mace Neufeld (The Funhouse; The Omen franchise).

The movie stars Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park; The Fly), Ed Begley Jr, Joseph Bologna and Geena Davis (Beetlejuice; The Fly). Notable other cast members include Michael Richards, Carol Kane (When a Stranger Calls), Teresa Ganzel, John Byner and disgraced Jeffrey Jones.

The film’s title is a pun on ‘Pennsylvania 6-5000’, a song made famous by Glenn Miller.

Blu-ray release:
Transylvania 6-5000 was released on Blu-ray on February 11, 2020, by Kino Lorber Studio Classics. The movie has been remastered in 4K. Special features:
Audio commentary with writer/director Rudy DeLuca and visual consultant Steve Haberman
Two theatrical trailers
Three TV spots

Two sceptical reporters are sent to Transylvania to find the Frankenstein monster – or be fired.

They are laughed at there but something suspicious is going on – maybe there are monsters, vampires, mummies and werewolves…

“Like the Brothers Zucker before, the writers opted to throw every joke they had at the wall, hoping for something to stick. Sadly, nothing does, and the ammunition being slung bears out why rather quickly: tiresome running gags are constantly introduced, yet they never pan out…” Allusions of Grandeur

” …a lovely little slapstick type of film with several funny characters performing set pieces with a paper-thin linking story, but that doesn’t matter this film is great, hunt it down you won’t regret it. Oh and Geena Davis in the best vampire outfit ever!!!” The Curiosity of a Social Misfit

Entertainment Tonight critic Leonard Maltin infamously gave a notable one-word review of the film. His review began with him swaying along with the Glenn Miller recording; at the point in the song where the words “Pennsylvania 6-5000” are uttered, Maltin spoke the title of the film, followed by the word “stinks.”

“There’s lots of sight gags and quick zingers and the Scooby-Doo reveal at the end is quite funny. It’s 80s comedy like I remember with a dose of Universal monster thrown in. Geena Davis as the sexy vampire helps a lot here too!” The Film Reel

“By 1985 you would think that something sharper and smarter could have been created but that’s not the case (I even enjoyed Transylmania and Stan Helsing more than this movie). A revelatory finale proves to be surprisingly sweet and gently amusing but it’s also lacking in anything that actually makes up for the rest of the film being so disappointing and stale.” For It Is Man’s Number

“The cast appears to have made every scene up on the spot in a series of inane gibberings, hysterical pantomimes and slapstick eye-rollings. The gag writing is unbelievably lame. The production values just look cheap.” Moria

“Overall, Transylvania 6-5000 fell short of the definitive monster-mash title that would be claimed by 1987’s The Monster Squad, but the film opts to appeal to the humorously dry movie-goer who appreciates absurdity, parody and a good chuckle without expecting the tenth National Lampoon film.” VHS Mate

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