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Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula

Not as fun as it sounds, "Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula" shoots blanks before sucking the life out of its premise.

Cast:
With: Tiffany Shepis, Trent Haaga, Allen Lowman, Jennifer Friend, Russell Friend, F. Martin Glynn, T. Max Graham, Anita Cordell, Anne Willow, Carl Wallace, Haley Cordell.

Not as fun as it sounds, “Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula” shoots blanks before sucking the life out of its premise, which pits the Depression-era bank robbers against a wan-looking Nosferatu. That the titular showdown doesn’t occur until the final reel is indicative of the pic’s low regard for its audience. Lame dialogue is the chief offender here, but nothing really works in this awkwardly acted, grossly underbudgeted genre mash-up whose imagination begins and ends with the title. Missouri-based writer-director Timothy Friend (“Cadaverella”) repeatedly mistakes weak humor for camp, spelling extremely limited DVD sales for the HD pic.

Set in 1933, the film idly alternates between the down-on-their-luck gangsters (Troma vets Tiffany Shepis and Trent Haaga) and Dr. Loveless (Allen Lowman), who peers at his captive Dracula (Russell Friend) out of a hole in a gunnysack atop his head. The doctor’s mentally disabled assistant (Jennifer Friend) seems to be the pic’s smartest character, but that isn’t saying much, as Bonnie and Clyde are reduced to machine-gunning a young couple to death and exchanging childishly lewd come-ons. The brief finale recapitulates horror- and gangster-movie cliches without adding anything new.

Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula

Production: An Indican Pictures release of a Big Atom production, in association with Outpost Worldwide. Produced by Jennifer Friend, Joseph Allen. Directed, written by Timothy Friend.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Todd Norris; editors, Norris, Friend; music, Joseph Allen; art director, Nita Norris. Reviewed on DVD, Minneapolis, April 12, 2011. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Tiffany Shepis, Trent Haaga, Allen Lowman, Jennifer Friend, Russell Friend, F. Martin Glynn, T. Max Graham, Anita Cordell, Anne Willow, Carl Wallace, Haley Cordell.

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