‘Billy the Kid vs. Dracula’ (B-Movie Review) — Part Three

It’s time for the next part in this rather protracted detailed analysis of one of the most craptastic bizarrely-conceived indescribable blends of the B-movie Western genre with low-budget horror!

And here’s the part that came before this one. For your reading pleasure! 🙂 And because I couldn’t have made up this movie if I tried.

Yes, it’s time for Part Three of Billy the Kid vs. Dracula—the B-Movie Review!

So after roughly 50+ minutes of Dracula/Underhill finagling his way into a power position in Betty’s household, fights between Billy and the Obnoxious One, and a good deal of fretting from the Folger’s Lady, eventually Carradine does his google eye act on Betty—twice!—and spirits her off to an abandoned silver mine, which he has redecorated and renamed—you guessed it—the Bat Cave. (Okay, just redecorated.)

Via Midnight Only

And the really amazing part? Dracula does so much of this in the middle of the freaking day. Even though he says at various points, “I’m really tired. I’ll probably sleep all day.” And puts a “Do Not Disturb” sign on his door. Which would make me wonder, but like I said, he does seem to cavort about in very direct sunlight.

Care to pull the shades down? 🙂

Part of the reason for that is that this is truly a LOW-budget film. So low in budget it was made at the same time as the director made another weird western-horror mash-up called Jesse James Meets Frankenstein. Really! The two films were made with intent to show them as a double feature. And both films were shot in eight days. Holy cow! (As Harry Carey Caray would say.)

These were the final feature films made by director William Beaudine. And they didn’t call him “One Shot” Beaudine for nothing. Apparently, Beaudine was famous for getting pictures “in the can” (as the lingo used to go, back when pictures came in cans) as fast as fucking possible. So he’d do one shot of the scene. Cut! Done! On to the next one.

Next time, I’m bringing sunscreen.

*****

And this is where we leave off until we conclude this epic discussion next week!

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3 Responses to ‘Billy the Kid vs. Dracula’ (B-Movie Review) — Part Three

  1. You know, in a way I kind of dig that lack of introspection and agonizing over whether the shot could be better: keep moving and just let it rip! In that respect, would you call him the anti-William Wyler?

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    • Debbi says:

      Now, that’s a thought! 🙂 I agree, though. You see a lot of that attitude in indie film production.

      There’s a great documentary series they’re showing on Netflix called The Movies That Made Us. It goes into a lot of the pressures involved in studio filmmaking. Along with “behind the scenes” anecdotes. Very, very interesting. 🙂

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