Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula'
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
“Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula”
How’s this for a peculiar cinematic mash-up – “Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula,” a tongue-in-cheek melding of mobsters and monsters due out on DVD Tuesday?
An ultra-low budget lark shot in St. Joseph, Mo., this 2008 effort by writer-director Timothy Friend (whose only other credit is the equally weirdly titled “Cadaverella”) makes canny use of a couple of B-movie mainstays, Tiffany Shepis (“Tromeo and Juliet”) and Trent Haaga (“Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV”), to bolster its underground cred.
The story features duel narratives that proceed on parallel tracks until they converge in the last act. On one hand, there a 1930’s tale featuring famed Depression outlaws Bonnie Parker (Shepis) and Clyde Barrow (Haaga) as they’re holed up in a seedy roadhouse brothel planning their next robbery. On the other, there’s a macabre story focusing on a mad scientist, Dr. Loveless (Allen Lowman), who terrorizes his meek sister-assistant Annabel (Jennifer Friend) as he conducts experiments to resurrect the corpse of Dracula (Russell Friend) in his basement.
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