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BONNIE AND CLYDE VS. DRACULA
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Timothy Friend

Starring:
Tiffany Shepis
Trent Haaga
T. Max Graham
Jordan Baranowski

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Extras:  
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What's it about
The famous outlaw couple of the 1930's hit a sidetrack in their reign of crime when they end up entering the mansion of a strange, deformed man. Turns out the mansion is now home to the most famous bloodsucker of them all. It seems that Bonnie and Clyde are headed for a showdown at sundown!

Is it good movie?
Damn, I'd been waiting for a while to finally catch this flick! I've been hearing about it for years, but there never was any clear indication of a release date. What puzzled me is why B&CvD couldn't escape from the bowels of limbo. It seemed like such a dynamite idea for a horror flick. It even had everyone's favorite scream queen, Ms. Shepis, rockin' a blonde 'do as the titular femme fatale. So this was a can't-lose b-horror flick, right? Well, not exactly.

For a good chunk of the proceedings, this movie suffers from a bad case of schizophrenia. We follow Bonnie and Clyde on their quest for non-stop violence and mayhem. And we also follow this weird, rich, deformed dude with a sack over his head on his quest to ascertain some sort of healing agent from the vampire he has locked in a dungeon inside his mansion. We switch back and forth between these two stories for a while. But it's called BONNIE AND CLYDE VS. DRACULA! That's what I want to see! I don't give a shit about whatever perils these two stories are presenting. I just want the awesomeness that the title suggested! The damn thing should have really been called "Bonnie & Clyde Briefly Run Into Dracula" because that is really what happens. I was really shocked... and disappointed.

I will say this, however: Tiffany Shepis and Trent Haaga absolutely rocked as the bad-ass titular couple! These two are damn talented genre actors and deserve to display their abilities on a stage even grander than low budget horror. They absolutely owned in their roles and really made all the proceedings worth watching.

I just don't get why writer/director, Timothy Friend, would be so content with leaving the interaction between the three titular characters to such a short, nearly pointless, length of time. He did an outstanding job of developing the finer points of Bonnie, Clyde, the weird sackhead-ed guy, and Dracula. Yet once all the chess pieces were in place, he just didn't deliver in terms of the kind of amazing action that a venue like this totally begs for. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Maybe he was hoping to continue the saga in a sequel, but if you're making a low-budget horror flick, the chances of a second outing happening are slim to none. Maybe he was hindered by budgetary constraints? I don't know. I just wish that he delivered a nicely drawn out finale that would give true justice to the title BONNIE AND CLYDE VS. DRACULA.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.77:1

Audio English dolby digital.

The Extras
A cast and crew Commentary.

Theatrical Trailers.

A Behind the Scenes featurette.

A Loveless Viral Video from that strange, deformed man that lives in the mansion.

Last Call
Two separate movies that come together by the time it's too late. The only saving grace is the outstanding performances by Ms. Shepis and Mr. Haaga. Perhaps this flick needed to be a bit longer in order to properly live up to its title.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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