...do yourself a favor and don't watch ANY of the dozens of film adaptations that have been made in the last hundred years. If you even THINK you might want to read Dracula or that you might have to read it for a class one day in the future, just do yourself a favor and stay the hell away from everything Dracula related. It will get stuck in your brain and never leave!
I'm sitting here trying to do my reading and my brain is all like, "Hey, remember Mel Brook's Dracula: Dead and Loving It?"
"Shut up, Brain; I need to take this shit seriously."
"Peter MacNicol sure was funny, wasn't he?"
"Shut up, Brain."
"In fact, this scene in the book is an awful lot like that scene in the movie."
"Shut. Up. Brain."
And that's just it. There are bits in here that have been pulled directly from the book and parodied by Mel Brooks and, for all I know, several other filmmakers. Let's be honest, it doesn't take a whole lot of exaggeration to make this scene a parody:
"When it grew dark there seemed to be some excitement amongst the passengers, and they kept speaking to him, one after the other, as though urging him to further speed. He lashed the horses unmercifully with his long whip, and with wild cries of encouragement urged them on to further exertions. Then through the darkness I could see a sort of patch of grey light ahead of us, as though there were a cleft in the hills. The excitement of the passengers grew greater; the crazy coach rocked on its great leather springs, and swayed like a boat tossed on a stormy sea. I had to hold on."--Dracula, Chapter I.
Now compare that to the opening scene from Mel Brook's film: http://youtu.be/CwrvBDmu3gY?t=2m25s (at 2:25)
Aaaaaaaaaaaand for those of you who have been paying attention, I just ruined Dracula for you. You're welcome.
Also, wtf, Spellcheck? You don't recognize "Dracula"? That's it, you're fired.
Hee hee! "Scheduled."