Weird movie night: Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966)

I always love watching something different from time to time. An iconic US outlaw taking on one of the biggest baddies in literature, what is better than that?

After the death of an Indian girl, an Indian tribe attacks the stagecoach that just left their village. On it, a mysterious passenger, a whiskey salesman and a woman by the name of Mary Ann Bentley and her brother. However, once they find him, the mysterious man is nowhere to be found. He, in fact, finds himself at the village that they set off to visit, where the daughter of Mary Ann is located.

As you can deduce, the mysterious man is of course Dracula. He has come in pursuit of his future bride, and as soon as he saw her, he knew that he must have her, so he pretends to be her uncle to get close to her. But, that proves to be more difficult than he initially thought as the future husband of the young girl is Billy the Kid, and Billy has been keeping his eye on him.

This was a movie with a silly premise, and it really was not that good of a movie but honestly…I loved it. It might end up being one of my favorite guilty pleasures. The production value and cinematography were surprisingly decent.

Now the plot was pretty lackluster and the acting was disappointing at parts but realistically you can’t expect much from a film like this. John Carradine, the actor who played Dracula said that this movie was his only regret. Carradine had also played as Dracula in two movies before – The House of Frankenstein (1944) and House of Dracula (1945).

The movie had some potential, it could have been a lot better, and yet it is impossible to hate. It’s bad yes, but it has a charm. So I have to give it a seal of approval.

Final verdict: 6/10

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