The B-movie is something that is quickly falling into irrelevance. With the drop in the cost of producing movies in the digital age, what was previously considered camp trash is now indie, and with it comes a greater measure of respect than previously.
That being said, a movie still needs sharp writing and decent direction at a minimum to be considered to have risen out of the B movie ghetto. ‘Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula’ contains a modicum of both, and takes itself seriously just enough where it rises above a good amount of other indie films out there. It is easy to dismiss the film based on the title alone, but that would be a mistake.
Let’s get this clear: ‘Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula’ , from Big Atom Productions, is not an Oscar-worthy film nor will it earn great accolades for its creators.
However, with quirky characters and a light touch of humor, the film manages to carve out a niche where it can comfortably exist.
There is the vamped-up and hot-headed Bonnie, played with glee by Tiffany Shepis. Counterbalancing her spitfire nature is the calm, methodical Clyde, played by Trent Haaga. Both are well-cast in their roles and have an on-screen chemistry that makes them believable as the fugitive couple.
Throughout the rest of the film you will find a degenerating mad doctor, a woman with a child’s personality and innocence, a one-legged hostess (whose name no one can quite get right), a few hillbillies and whores, and oh, Dracula.
The film dabbles in special effects, with computer-generated blood and electrical shocks. Nothing too daring but still cheap looking. Still, it works in the context of the film.
None of the characters are drawn too deeply, which is probably for the best. The biggest disappointment is Dracula’s role in the movie; it is never deeply explored just what Dr. Loveless’ condition is and why he needs Dracula (short of some throwaway line about needing his regenerative abilities).
Dracula (played by Russell Friend) looks the part and sounds fairly convincing, but is not given enough to do other than crawl around weakly at first, then chomps on a few victims before being done in too early. In fact, the title should really be ‘Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula’s Minions’.
Aside from the logic flaws that plague the later half of the film (bullets kill vampires now?) and some editing miscues (going from daylight to dusk between shots in the same scene), ‘Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula’ acquits itself nicely. If you want campy, light fun with quirkiness thrown in, ‘Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula’ makes a good selection. Just don’t forget to turn your brain off and throw out your preconceived notions before viewing.