1877, Carpathia. The heroic Captain Hans Brock (Steve Coogan, who also plays the Narrator Dr Terrible) and his virgin bride take their honeymoon in Carpathians. They end up guests at the castle of Countess Kronstein ( Ronni Ancona ). Unbeknownst to them, the place is full of lesbians (and) vampires. Ben Armstrong ( Primeval ) is the camp Renfield character.
The problem with this series is, it is too straight-faced and big-budgeted. The only humour is in the dialogue, a never-ending stream of puns. In other words, this is high-brow parody indeed.
Dr Terrible (Steve Coogan - Night at the Museum ) introduces us to the tale of Nathan Blaze (also Steve Coogan), gentleman inventor and adventurer. Set in London, 1910, the story concerns Blaze's conflict with his arch-enemy, the evil Chinaman Hang Man Chang.
This is a nice parody of the Fu Manchu movies. One character is named Sergeant Rohmer in reference to Fu Manchu's original creator, Sax Rohmer .
Dr Donald Baxter (Steve Coogan - Night at the Museum ), a mad Victorian Scotsman, searches for a cure for the common burn. As with many Hammer Horror medical scientists, this involves injecting people with strange serums.
Three somewhat obnoxious strangers are trapped in an elevator in Amicus House. Yes, this is a parody of the 1970s Horror anthology films .
A famous ballroom dancer is victim of a horiffic accident that severs both his feet. He manages to get new feet surgically grafted onto his body. However, they are eeeevil feet.
The story starts in The Barbaric North - Blackburn 1645. Captain Tobias Slater, witch locator, is cursed by one of his victims as she burns at the stake. He is then summoned to the village of Devil's Hole, where evil is afoot. He probes and screw-tinizes every woman in the village, with the help of his dwarf assistant (Warwick Davis - Willow ).