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Campy Transylmania too funny for words
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Campy Transylmania too funny for words

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Transylmania Opening December 11

Most directors and actors are busy trotting out their best work, hoping to stick in the minds of the public and hoping particularly to stick in the minds of those who decide who wins come Oscar season. Still, in the midst of all the great films now gracing your neighborhood multiplex screen, it's nice to just settle back and laugh at something amazingly silly and certain not to even get a nod for any awards. This year's guilty pleasure for me happens to be a send-up of several better (much better, trust me) vampire films, and maybe a backhanded slap to what Craig Ferguson calls the "kissy vampire movies" like Twilight: New Moon.

One could dismiss directors David and Scott Hillenbrand's hilarious romp, Transylmania, as overly concerned with potty humor and oversexed teenaged lust, but that would be unfair, because the film is not bad. Campy, yes, but not bad - or at least I thought so.

In fact, as I laughed at obvious gags like a college kid getting his "man's business" caught in a slammed laptop (he slams it closed because he doesn't want his visiting parents to see that he's "sexing up" his online pal by showing her his "naughty bits"), I had no guilt at all. That gag, and others - like the fact that the kid resembles a 500-year-old, very evil vampire - are just too funny for words.

There are gross vomit scenes in a lab where a body swap is going badly wrong, lots of scantily clad vamp chicks writhing around any time they're onscreen, and lots of references to the dorky guy getting better in bed with some "ancient tome" given to him by the aforementioned other dorky guy. Standard schlock cinema (with a nod to Professor Fred's Movie Marvels), but I laughed so hard I nearly peed my pants. It's guaranteed to land on a lot of critics' "worst" lists, I'm sure. Me, I say give me growly vamps with heaving bosoms, creepy castles, and a spell that puts another ancient vampire into a blonde bimbo college girl's body, to highly laughable effect.

Not every film out there this season needs to be James Cameron's Avatar or the latest costume drama from bygone centuries (though, yes, I'll line up to see those, too). Some films just need to be funny enough to make one stop stressing about how thin the budget is and how many more presents there are to buy and how many shopping days are left before the big holiday shows up. So grab some pals, load up on candy, popcorn and soda, and check this one out.

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