Cinema/TV, Dracula

Your Daily Dracula – Sahin Irmak, Kutsal Damacana Dracoola (2011)

Your Daily Dracula – Sahin Irmak, Kutsal Damacana Dracoola (2011)

The third entry in a lowbrow Turkish comedy series which began with Kutsal Damacana, this ditches series star Şafak Sezer and his bogus priest character (who has had adventures with werewolves) in favour of former supporting actor Ersin Korkut as regular schlub Sebahattin.  In a format popular around the world, Korkut plays a putupon foulup loser who blunders through life being bullied and intimidated but leaves chaos wherever he goes – and wins in the end, while copping off with a girl who’s way out of his league.

In a prologue, which features a gruesomely non-humorous recreation of Vlad the Imapler’s forest-of-bleeding-corpses routine, Sebahattin’s lookalike ancestor Kara Fuat is sort of responsible for Vlad (Sahin Irmak) losing the love of his life (Ozge Ulusoy).  This sets off a feud that carries on down through the centuries with Vlad, now the vampire Count Dracula, getting even with various Korkuts.

The present-day Sebahattin, a foundling raised on pigeon food, and his more presentable wideboy bay Ertan (Ceyhun Fersoy) get hired by Dracula to be minions and hilarity ensues … including brushes with the porn movie business, a gang of Turkish football fans brainwashed into singing a pro-Dracula song (probably inadvisable in Istanbul), some gangsters, a fat drunk who might be a vampire expert, a lot of narration that fills in gaps between jokes, and pretty familiar no-reflection-in-the-mirror, tap-in-the-neck, ugh-it’s-garlic, eek-a-bat routines.  Ulusoy turns up again as the reincarnation of her character in the prologue.  In the end, Sebahattin has to dress up as his much more impressively tached ancestor for a desultory kung fu fight and kicks Dracula’s ass.

This Count shows up in a tweed outfit – referencing that stretch of the novel in which Dracula dresses in Jonathan Harker’s English clothes – but reverts to a more traditional black cloak, red ascot and top hat.  It’s kind of abrasive.  Kutsal Damacana 4 keeps Korsut but brings back Sezer.  Written by Senol Zencir.  Directed by Korhan Bozkurt.


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