Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula (2009)

"When Gangsters Meet Vampires, There's Bloody Hell To Pay..."

Synopsis: After their latest heist goes wrong legendary outlaw couple Bonnie & Clyde are on the run from the law and in need of fast money to fix up their companion who was shot during the robbery. Finding shelter in a small town they crash at the mansion of the notorious Dr. Loveless. When Bonnie & Clyde arrive at the Doctor's mansion they discover he has a secret. Deep in his cellar, the recently revived Dracula awaits ...and when gangsters meet vampires, there's bloody hell to pay.

My Thoughts: I've been patiently waiting for the release of this film for right around two years now. I mean, how can you have a better premise for a b-horror flick. Unfortunately, like most movies from my can't-wait-to-see list, I was a little disappointed with this one. There are a few really good performances ...well two. Former "Troma" stars Tiffany Shepis and Trent Haaga (writer of 2008's "Deadgirl") have great chemistry as Bonnie & Clyde and steal every scene they're in together. The problem is they're so much better than the rest of the cast (mainly newcomers) that it really stands out when they're not on screen.

We basically have two totally separate stories here that don't intertwine until an hour into the movie and when they finally do meet there's very little pay off. First, we have Bonnie & Clyde on the road after a botched robbery. With very few options, they decide to head to Clyde's friend Henry's place that's in the middle of nowhere. Well, it doesn't take long for Bonnie to get fed up with the less than plush accommodations and she doesn't mind letting Clyde know how she feels about it. A desperate Clyde conspires with Henry to rob a local moonshiner and his big city customer at the same time. When one of their crew gets shot during the robbery, Bonnie goes off to get help, but ends up at the mansion of Dr. Loveless (Allen Lowman, "Shadow Falls Memorial").

That brings us to our other story. While Bonnie & Clyde are doing their robbing and killing thing, we're also introduced to Dr. Loveless and his mentally challenged sister (who he keeps under lock and key with the help of an industrial strength shock collar). Dr. Loveless, who has some sort of medical condition that is never fully explained, believes that blood transfusions from the recently revived Count Dracula (Russell Friend) will cure him. That's pretty much when Bonnie shows up looking for a doctor, but gets bit by Dracula instead and we finally get a little bit of what the title promised us.

 I'm not exactly sure what happened here. Maybe the director realized how weak the Dracula side of the story actually was and decided to emphasize the Bonnie & Clyde angle. If that was the case, he probably did the right thing. The Dr. Loveless/Dracula story seemed like a bad 'Full Moon" film ...a really, really bad "Full Moon" film. The Bonnie & Clyde story definitely makes this movie watchable and as great as the original premise was I think they would have been a lot better off if they just made a twisted b-movie version of Bonnie & Clyde and left Dracula out entirely.

My Rating: 7 / 10

Though it's still worth a watch, this movie had a lot of wasted potential. I thought this really could have been a classic. I do gotta give the director credit though, this is a big step up from his first feature, "Cadaverella" and if he keeps coming up with fucked up ideas like these I can see a b-movie masterpiece in his future.

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