Throwback Thursday – Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

transylvania_six_five_thousand5_star_rating_system_1_starΒ I’ve been a bit behind all week so I was forced to watch my TBT film when I got home this evening. Of course, what I actually ended up doing when I got home from work was sit in front of Amazon Prime Video and go through a load of films I didn’t want to watch. So, it was lucky that I came across this Jeff Goldblum comedy-horror when I did. Otherwise, I’d still be going scrolling through every film. You should all know I’m a huge fan of the Goldblum and I’ve watched him in a lot of dodgy films over the years. So, why not try another one? At least the comedy-horror theme fits in with my Tuesday review. And it was short. That has started to be my major criteria for picking a TBT film. The less time I have to spend watching it the better. I just need to get my schedule together so I don’t have to watch the film on the day I post. But I’ve been saying that for years.

I’ll be honest with you. I have no idea what to say about this film. I’m not even sure what I just watched. It was so much more and less than I could have expected. It’s like somebody thought “hmm I need to try and do my own version of Young Frankenstein but I want to make it stupid and pointless. Oh, and I want to get Jeff Goldblum in it being full-on Goldblum at all times. I’ve never felt so torn. I love him in everything but this film just did nothing for me. Okay, not nothing. I’m sure I’ll be talking with my hands more vigorously than I used to in honour of the great Goldblum but I couldn’t even watch it.

The film sees two journalists working for a trashy tabloid are sent to Transylvania after it is reported Frankenstein’s monster was spotted there. Jack Harrison (Jeff Goldblum) doesn’t believe any of it and wastes no time picking out a lovely lady to follow around instead. His partner, Gil Turner (Ed Begley Jr.), starts to investigate the strange goings-on in town. Eventually, the pair discover that there is something odd about the town but it’s not what they were expecting. When a little girl goes missing, the pair have to try to convince the town that the Mayor is hiding something. Can they help overcome the town?

And that’s all I have to say. This film tries so hard to be funny and weird that it doesn’t quite manage to be either. There are a few kind of funny moments but they mostly come from watching Jeff Goldblum trying not to laugh the whole time. I don’t know. Maybe I’m missing something but I just couldn’t get away from how stupid this film was. How hard it was trying to be funny.

Author: Murdocal

Who is Murdocal? A casual critic who is a little bit too obsessed with pop culture. A young woman who swears and rants much more than she knows she should whilst trying to make her way in an adult world she isn't prepared for. A not as recent as she'd like literature graduate who, between job applications and subsequent rejections, has turned to the internet to fight the boredom and review the shit out of everything. "Maybe, just maybe, I'm the faller. Every family has someone who falls, who doesn't make the grade, who stumbles, who life trips up. Maybe I'm our faller."

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