Transylmania

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Transylmania
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Directed by David Hillenbrand
Scott Hillenbrand
Produced by Radu Badica
Viorel Sergovici
Kim Swartz
Sanford Hampton
Jor Van Kline
Written by Patrick Casey
Worm Miller
Starring Patrick Cavanaugh
James DeBello
Tony Denman
Musetta Vander
Jennifer Lyons
Oren Skoog
Paul H. Kim
David Steinberg
Irena A. Hoffman
Distributed by Full Circle
Release date(s)
  • December 4, 2009 (2009-12-04)
Running time 92 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $263,941

Transylmania is a 2009 horror/farce sequel to the 2006 comedy National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2, the film is directed by the brothers David and Scott Hillenbrand[1] and written by Patrick Casey and Worm Miller. The film received very poor reception from critics and performed horribly at the box office, making it one of the biggest flops of 2009.

Synopsis[edit]

Transylmania is a story of a group of not-too-bright American college kids on a semester abroad at the only college that would accept them: The Razvan University. This movie is a Spoof horror in which a group of college kids do a semester abroad in Romania and realize that if the partying doesn't kill them, the vampires just might.[2]

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Release[edit]

The movie premiered at American Film Market in November 2008, and was later screened at the European Film Market in February 2009 and was set to be released theatrically on December 4, 2009.[12] Unlike the straight-to-DVD release of "National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2" the film had a theatrical release on December 4, 2009 opening in 1,007 theaters.[13] The DVD was released on April 27, 2010 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.[14]

Production[edit]

The movie was entirely shot in Romania in 2007 and the Vgp Effects & Design was created by Vincent Guastini.[15]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

The film has been universally panned by critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 0% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 17 reviews, with an average score of 1.9/10.[16] Review aggregate Metacritic awarded the film an average score of 8 out of 100 based on 10 reviews, indicating Overwhelming dislike.[17]

Tom Russo for the Boston Globe called it "Woefully dim-witted." Steve Hyden for the AV Club called it "such a colossal comedic misfire that it makes the execrable Scary Movie films look like masterworks of Preston Sturges-esque genius by comparison." Frank Scheck for The Hollywood Reporter called it a "Lame vampire spoof" that "has no bite." Adam Markovitz for Entertainment Weekly called it "a no-stars, no-plot, no-point vampire spoof about a group of coeds studying abroad in a haunted castle, Transylmania boasts the kind of acting and direction usually relegated to the adult section of your local video store." Mike Hale of The New York Times said that Transylmania is "destined to spend a short and painful life in theaters and then join the ranks of the DVD and late-night-cable undead." Robert Able of The Los Angeles Times said that "If your idea of a good time is laughing with repulsion at a humpbacked Romanian nympho with a torture-loving midget dad, or tittering every time a bong appears, a darkened theater awaits you." Brian Orndorf in his review said that "I surveyed the crowd at the screening I attended, feeling the chill in the air as seven strangers sat in stone-cold silence -- not a single laugh from anyone. The eighth moviegoer? Fast asleep five minutes in. I've never envied a person more."

Box office[edit]

The film was a major box office disaster and had an extremely poor opening, at #21 with only $263,941 from 1,007 theaters, making it the 3rd worst movie opening since 1982 for films which opened in more than 600 theaters, and the worst ever for films opening in over 1,000 theaters.[18][19]

2012 Lawsuit[edit]

David and Scott Hillenbrand were sued by their Transylmania financial backers for financial recovery in 2012.[20] These claims are rejected by the Hillenbrands. Kim Swartz, an attorney at Mitchell Silberberg representing the Hillenbrands, says in response, "This is a completely meritless lawsuit. The plaintiffs saw the finished film numerous times before they chose to invest. In any event, David and Scott Hillenbrand and their team of top professionals did everything they could to try to get their investors a return on their investment, even to the Hillenbrands' own financial detriment, and, as stated in the Complaint, in spite of the plaintiffs' failure to provide the agreed upon P&A funds in a timely manner. The Hillenbrands look forward to having the plaintiffs' completely meritless claims dismissed and to prosecuting their own claims."[21]

In August, 2012, the Hillenbrands’ production company, Hill & Brand Productions 7, LLC that produced Transylmania, counter sued Third Eye Capital Corporation and Strative Capital LTD for fraud and breach of contract seeking damages of no less than $107,000,000.00 and alleging a scheme to defraud Hill & Brand Productions 7, LLC and to exploit the name and reputation of the Hillenbrands for their own financial gain.[22]

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