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Thread: Billy the Kid Meets Dracula

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    Billy the Kid Meets Dracula

    You know...I watched most of this on TCM last night, for the very first time, after hearing about it for decades...and it's not nearly as horrible as it's reputation would leave you to believe.

    Don't get me wrong, it's bad...but it's not atrociously made or anything like that. Billy The Kid as the pure of heart hero in his mid-30s and bug-eyed John Carradine as an old creeper Dracula are pretty laughable, but it is fun in a campy sort of way.

    It's like an episode of Bonanza with a vampire in it. Odd.

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    Yeah, I remember this and "Jesse James meets Frankenstein's Daughter" from the "Not So Great Movie" on City TV and they reminded me of "Wild, Wild West" episodes.

    The director for both was infamously known as "One Shot" and known for his ability to make movies quickly. He was a very busy TV director.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earth 2 Chris View Post
    It's like an episode of Bonanza with a vampire in it. Odd.

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    Ha. That's it exactly. I think my favorite part was at the end....

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    When the sherrif runs out of bullets that have no effect on Dracula and so throws the gun and knocks him out.

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    Yeah, I remember this and "Jesse James meets Frankenstein's Daughter" from the "Not So Great Movie" on City TV and they reminded me of "Wild, Wild West" episodes.

    The director for both was infamously known as "One Shot" and known for his ability to make movies quickly. He was a very busy TV director.
    Ha! Yes. Although I think Robert Conrad would have made short work of ol' wrinkly Carradine.

    "One Shot" Bodine's reputation made me expect something like flubs from a Dark Shadows episode, but I didn't detect anything that bad.

    When the sherrif runs out of bullets that have no effect on Dracula and so throws the gun and knocks him out.
    Yeah, that has to be Dracula's most embarrasing moment in cinema history.
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    They get bashed by critics a bit too harshly IMO, they're camp and there was never any illusions of being high art but they're competent and fun.

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    They're both fun, and I think having John Carradine as the vampire and some old western actors in secondary roles (including Olive Carey playing wife to her son Harry Carey Jr.) gives this one a fun vibe. It's nice to see the top-hatted Dracula as Carradine also played him in the two House of... monster rally pictures.
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    Never really carried for John Carradine's birthday party magician version of Dracula.
    You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated old mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but you don't believe in such myths. One dark and stormy night, a light appears in the topmost window in the tower of the old house. You decide to investigate... and you never return...

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    ^Yeah, he's got ONE good moment in House of Dracula where he's mesmerizing Martha O'Driscoll. You can almost get a Frank Langella vibe off of him there, but beyond that, he's got a good voice, an elegant presence, and that's it. Everyone gives Lon Chaney Jr. crap for Son of Dracula, but I prefer his "Count Alucard" over Carradine's Drac. At least Chaney had a seething menace about him.

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    I thought Carradine was a decent Dracula, he was no Lugosi but still pretty good, he had that creepy kind of thin body frame and the voice was interesting, but the top hat and white gloves was a bit ridiculous.

    Another thing about those House movies that was disappointing to me was that Drac was killed off early then the storyline with Chaney Jr and the monster begins, it's like two movies spliced into one.

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    Chaney's voice ruins it for me. Carradine could have been a better Dracula in better vehicles--the WW II-era Monster films are all neutered. Frankenstein's Monster, and the Mummy in his own series, are zombie stooges.

    House of Dracula suffers IMO from too little Drac and too much Jekyll & Hyde.
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