Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974)

35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), colour, 2.35:1
mono, English

An Australian comedy horror film directed by Bruce Beresford. It is a sequel to the non-genre comedy The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972).

Plot Summary

Barry McKenzie's Aunt Edna is mistaken for Queen Elizabeth and is kidnapped by a group of Transylvanians in an effort to boost their ailing tourism industry. Barry and his twin brother, the Reverend Kevin, set out to free her and end up at the castle of the vampire Count Plasma.


Director: Bruce Beresford
Reg Grundy Productions
Producer: Bruce Beresford
Associate Producer: Jane Scott
Production Managers: Drummond Challis, Jean-Pierre Avice, Marie-Claude Sourd
Script: Bruce Beresford, Barry Humphries
Assistant Directors: David Barrow, Neil Vine-Miller
Director of Photography: Donald McAlpine
Supervising Editor: John Scott
Editor: William M. Anderson
Music: Peter Best
Sound Recordist: Desmond Bone
Sound Re-recordist: Peter Fenton
Special Make Up Effects: Christopher Tucker
Art Directors: John Stoddart, Alan Cass

Barry Crocker (Barry McKenzie/Reverend Kevin McKenzie)
Barry Humphries (Aunt Edna Everage/Dr Meyer Delamphrey/offensive buck-toothed Englishman/Senator Douglas Manton)
Donald Pleasence (Erich Count von Plasma)
Dick Bentley (Colin ‘The Frog' Lucas)
Louis Negin (Hugo Cretin)
Paul Humpoletz (Modeste Imbecile)
Beatrice Aston (Cherylene McKenzie)
Nancy Blair (Clothilde)
Nell Campbell (Nerida Brealey)
Craig Canning (Tassie)
Chantal Contouri (Zizi)
Ed Devereaux (Sir Alec Ferguson)
Michael Downey (Skeeter)
Arthur English (Cockney spiv)
Gail Galih (Indian girl)
Robert Gillespie (Dorothy)
Deryck Guyler (police constable)
Clive James (Paddy)
John James (Transylvanian waiter)
Julian Jebb (2nd offensive Englishman)
Merdelle Jordine (Rhonda Cutforth-Jones)
Roy Kinnear (Bishop of Paris)
John Le Mesurier (Robert Crowther)
Tommy Trinder (Arthur MacKenzie)



  • Australian Film 1900-1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production by Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper p.359, 360 – illustrated credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.351
  • Film Review 1975-76 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.162 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.21
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.149-150; 203 – review, synopsis; credits