Throwback Thursday – Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

films, reviews, TBT

transylvania_six_five_thousand5_star_rating_system_1_star 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.

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