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Kurt Jensen
Source: Catholic News Service

The film subgenre known as "painful to watch" has a fresh champion in "Transylmania" (Full Circle), a witless, grotesque, misogynistic, badly performed horror spoof with all the charm of Dracula's coffin.

Directors David and Scott Hillenbrand and screenwriters Patrick Casey and Worm Miller work out a sad premise involving a group of sex-obsessed, pot-smoking college students (Patrick Cavanaugh, James DeBello, Tony Denman, Paul H. Kim, Jennifer Lyons and Oren Skoog) spending a semester at a Romanian castle infested with vampires.

There, bloodsucker Radu (also Skoog) seeks the return of a music box while deranged Dean Floca (David Steinberg—not the famous comedian) chops up one of the visiting coeds to provide a perfect body for his humpbacked daughter Draguta (Irena H. Hoffman).

Nothing about "Transylmania" even rises to the level of potentially amusing rubbish. Instead, it's adrift in its own fetid mire of amoral behavior and stereotyped characters from the opening minute.

The film contains pervasive drug use, images of mutilation, upper female nudity, sexual banter, implied sexual situations and constant profane, rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O—morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Kurt Jensen is a guest reviewer for the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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