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specterman wrote:As much as I hate to say it, ( I guess I don't really hate to say it) I really like these two flics, but WHERE are they? As far as I can tell they are OOP. That blows. I thought I saw them not to long ago at like Best Buy or something, but now they seem to have disappeared. Anyone have a hot tip on where you can pick up these classics of American cinema?
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DocZilla wrote:Yuers Truly wrote:
...Virginia Christine ("Mrs. Folgers") who had been in Monster Movies such as THE MUMMY'S CURSE (as Ananka no less) and Westerns like HIGH NOON and even appeared in more than one episode of THE LONE RANGER...And who could forget her turn in INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS as Wilma, who thinks there is something terribly wrong with her Uncle Ira.
Yuers Truly wrote:
...Virginia Christine ("Mrs. Folgers") who had been in Monster Movies such as THE MUMMY'S CURSE (as Ananka no less) and Westerns like HIGH NOON and even appeared in more than one episode of THE LONE RANGER...
Sep 13 16 11:49 AM
I still get a real kick out of both films at age 62. They'e just fun. can't beat Carradine getting popped in the face with the gun. It's hilarious. Onyx putting on that football helmet looking apparatus. When Boulder gets shot, there is no blood at all. Cost cutting at its best. And I developed an affection for Estrelita Rodreguiz because of JJMFD. She really took her role to heart. I was sad to see that she died right after making the movie.
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I REALLY wanted to like BILLY THE KID VERSUS DRACULA. As others have said: GREAT cast.
And there are actually some good scenes . . . but!
For example: The Indians attack the stage which the heroines mother and uncle are traveling on. The battle is never shown - we simply witness the stagecoach being chased and then in the next scene all is as quiet as Death. From the upper left corner of the screen a bat swoops down and lands behind the stagecoach. And then . . . from behind the stagecoach Count Dracula strolls around and observes the slaughtered passengers, the stagecoach driver and shotgun rider. His detachment is chilling. There is zero empathy. Tom Weaver and the Brunas Brothers describe John Carradine's Count Dracula in UNIVERSAL HORRORS as "the devil incarnate - seductive, ruthless, without conscience." This was the description for Carradine in HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. I disagreed and wrote elsewhere "Whereas Bela Lugosi convinced audiences of the Count’s mysterious and supernatural menace, John Carradine imbued the character with a more haunted and vulnerable guise. Carradine’s Dracula was a threat – and an obvious threat – yet a threat which might be more easily contained than Lugosi. Lugosi was master of all he surveyed. Carradine was at the mercy of the whims of fate. Lugosi was more monster than man. Carradine was more man than monster."
In this scene I AGREE with Weaver and the Brunas Brothers though.
It's a good scene . . . BUT . . . it looks like it's taking place at 3 o'clock in the afternoon!!!
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This is one of those kooky movies that asks a lot of the viewer. Central to this idea is the title which pitches two things totally unlike against each other. This was long before PRIDE AND PREJUDICE WITH ZOMBIES or ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE SLAYER. As for the vampire part of the equation I doubt anybody had a problem accepting that as we've all seen plenty of vampire movies. But this isn't just any vampire, it's Dracula. In the Old West. Why is he there? Is Europe not big enough for him to find his eternal bride? Do we grow 'em bigger and more beautiful in the U.S.? How did he get here? Where's his coffin full of Transylvanian earth? Where does he hole up during the day? Is he making the first transcontinental airflight across the U.S.? Where's his accent. Oh, and how come he's out in the day so much?
Then there's Billy the Kid. In this movie everybody seems to know he's the notorious Kid. The Sheriff probably ought to hang up his badge for allowing a wanted criminal to run loose. It's a reformed Kid, though, not a mean bone in him, honest as the day is long, a hard worker, keeping track of the livestock with slit throats, getting those promotions at work and engaged to the boss's daughter. The daughter, Betty, looks and acts like she's a runaway from PETTICOAT JUNCTION. Quick, call Kate and Sam Drucker. Their missing love child has been found. Betty's real upset about her Mom's death -- for maybe two minutes, then it's back to worrying whether old Mrs. Oster is gonna make crazy talk about vampires over their bacon and eggs.
Speaking of Mrs. Oster, what's she doing carrying around all that Wolfsbane? Does she have some kind of Wolfsbane container packed away in that old wagon that keeps it looking freshly picked? Heck, maybe the whole wagon is full of potted Wolfsbane. No wonder she and her family have to sleep outdoors on the cold hard ground. Maybe she and Mr. Oster are there to start the first North American Wolfsbane farm. You can already see them counting the coin from that enterprise. They intend to market it under her maiden name "Van Helsing's Wonder Wolfsbane -- Good For What Ails You, Especially If It's A Vampire." This opens the door for the unshot Werewolf sequel film, WOLFSBANE AT THE O.K. CORRAL.
Still, it's a fun movie, low budget, but not cheap looking. Actually, it looks like a made-for-TV production. Day and night is hard to distinguish. Early in the film, up through the arrival at the stage station, the film is printed down to give it a suitable day-for-night look. For some reason, when the stage leaves, nothing is printed down. Difficult to know if this is a fault in the original prints or a telecine problem. It doesn't help that the characters seem to stay up all night and there are few clues dividing day from night. For instance, why would Betty take Drac out to the old mine at night? Or was it in the day?
Chuck Courtney really throws himself into his role, galloping hard, jumping off and onto horses. Plowman was a pretty enough Texas gal who left the biz shortly after this film. Carradine overdoes it with the intense, creepy staring (that most of the cast doesn't seem to notice) and he looks like he's decked out for a road company performance in some flowery melodrama but it's good old John and we take him as he stands. When he says that this was his worst film I wonder how he separates it from the other bad films he made? As everyone has mentioned it's got a great supporting cast which makes it a bit like the A.C. Lyles old-timer Westerns of the same time period. William Beaudine was really something (you define "something") to get a film this professional looking (don't laugh, it is professional looking) and free of flubs in the can on a shoot lasting a mere five days. Some episodic TV shows don't look this good.
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