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In the Old West, Count Dracula makes his mark. on a young woman who introduces him to her fiancé, William Bonney aka billy the Kid A European family who’d previously encountered Dracula warns Billy of who the man is, and the danger he will bring. But no one believes him.

Also Known As: Billy the Kid Vs Dracula, Billy the Kid Versus Dracula, Billy the Kid contra Drácula, Малыш Билли против Дракулы Soviet

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  • austra-dumins
    austra dumins

    **SPOILERS** Leaving old Transylvania to take a sight-seeing vacation in the Wild Wild West Dracula, John Carradine, thirst for blood ends up starting an Indian uprising and massacre, of the people that he was traveling with on a stagecoach, when he drained dry a young Indian maiden,Carlita Max,of her blood supply. Having gotten acquainted with Mrs. Bently, Marjorie Bennett, and her rich Boston banker brother James Underhill, William Forrest, before they were killed by the rampaging Indians Old Drac’ took a fancy to a photo of Mrs. Bently’s 18 year-old daughter, James Underhill’s niece, Betty Bently, Melinda Plowman, and it was lust for blood at first sight.Old Drac’ impersonating the dead James Underhill goes, or flies by bat-wings,to Wilksburg to get his hands and fangs on young Betty and turn her into a vampire like himself. It’s then that Drac’ can have Betty live happily ever after with him in the world of the dead. The one thing that Old Drac’ didn’t count, get it, on was Betty’s boyfriend is the notorious, but now trying to be an upstanding and law abiding citizen, “Billy the Kid” Bonney, Chuck Courtney. A man who fears and wouldn’t walk away from a fight from no one either alive or dead.Dracula is nothing but a big buffoon in the movie as he turns hot and cold, depending on the lighting, with his eyes bulging out of his skull as he tries to both hypnotize and then bite his victims, sucking the life-blood out of them, to death. We also see that the pasty and colorless Drac’ has somehow gotten over his fear and inability to withstand sunlight, that can burn him to a crisp, as we see the 500 or so year-old gentleman totally unaffected when he’s outside in the daytime.Taking over James Underhill’s, whom he’s impersonating, Double Bar Bee Ranch Drac’ gets right to work on the unsuspecting Billy Bonney AKA Billy the Kid, who’s the ranch’s foreman, by having him fired. Drac’ then makes his move on the equally naive, of Old Drac’s identity, Betty Bently who thinks that he’s her sweet kind and very rich Uncle James from Boston.Billy going back to his gunfighting days has it out with Underhill’s, really Drac’s, ranch-hands and in a wild shootout at the local Wilksburg bar shoot and kill one of them the person who replaced him as foreman, by Drac, Dan Thorpe (Bing Russell). Arrested and put in the jail-house by the town’s Sheriff Griffin played by actor Roy Barcroft who acted as if he wanted to be somewhere else, or in another movie altogether. Breaking out of jail with the help of the town’s quack Doctor Hanrietta Hull, Olive Carey, Billy heads down to the deserted silver mine where Old Drac’ has been hiding out and where he took the what seems like brain-dead Betty Bently to be his bride.With everyone in town now educated to just who James Underhill really is, the blood-sucking vampire Count Dracula, Billy the Kid after unloading his six-shooter on the invincible, to bullets, Drac then for some unknown reason, after the old guy almost breaks him in two, throws the revolver at his head knocking him out cold. Bullets can’t hurt Old Drac but an empty and harmless gun could? Billy recovering from the slacking that he took from the now in dreamland Drac gets up and, in the traditional way of killing vampires, drives a spike through his heart putting a final nail in Old Drac’ coffin. The movie “Billy the Kid versus Dracula” is 73 minutes of celluloid madness that mixes a horror and western theme and get’s an imitation comedy out of it. This is a film that’s so bad and brainless and with a total lack of humor, intentional or unintentional, that it didn’t even qualify to be shown on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 bad movie cable TV show!

  • nils-lind
    nils lind

    In a apparently desperate attempt to lure kids to the drive-ins, William Beaudine made two companion films. The first being “Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter,’ the second being this piece of junk, “Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula.” Billy The Kid (Chuck Courtney)is apparently reformed (Just like Jesse James in the Frankenstein film), and engaged to marry sweetly Elizabeth (Melinda Plowman). Into the picture steps her uncle who had just arrived in town. What they don’t know is that her uncle is REALLY Dracula (John Carradine), her real uncle dead as a result of an Indian raid on the stagecoach party (They thought that the party killed one of their women, but Dracula was the culprit). Dracula’s purpose? To claim sweet Elizabeth as his bride.The film is nothing but crap. It’s also surprising to find Ms. Olsen, the coffee lady (Actually Virginia Christine, who did a lot of Folger’s Coffee commercials)in the film.If you want a REALLY good laugh, then this is your film. Carradine clearly looks like he didn’t want to be there.

  • monique-mace
    monique mace

    Silly is the key word in BILLY THE KID VERSUS Dracula: the clash of genres could have been interesting – as Count Dracula, ostensibly originating in the middle-ages and being able to turn into a bat, would have no real problem showing up in the Old West – but this is exploitation fare pure and simple and no attempt to contrast the wildly diverse cultures is made, except from the caricatured portrayals of two superstitious immigrants. Carradine apparently is still wearing the same set of clothes he had donned for the two Universal films back in the 40s, but his performance here is far campier: it was side-splitting to see him roll his eyes till he literally became red in the face (his put-down of an earnest and elderly doctor as a “backwoods-female-pill-slinger” is priceless, however)! There was very little atmosphere of any kind; as for special effects, these were virtually non-existent (the bat creature, in particular, is incredibly phoney-looking). Worst of all, the fireworks promised by the title never happen as Billy The Kid, which history painted as a vicious criminal, is here depicted as a reformed, law-abiding citizen and is even made to carry the film’s icky romantic interest!! In short, a fun film for all the wrong reasons – and I can’t say that I’m looking forward to viewing its companion piece, JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER (1966)…

  • maria-pettersen
    maria pettersen

    Boy oh boy, where do we begin with this one….hehe. John Carradine portrays quite the mean spirited Dracula in this flick, calling an elderly doctor a “backwoods-female-pill-slinger” (HAHA:) One of the funniest things about this movie is the editing. I love how one minute no-one is standing in a film frame and then what do ya know, there stands Count Dracula. I would have used a lap-dissolve….:( Overall you have to see this movie to believe it! The version I watched looked like it was taken from a 16mm print that was rescued from an abandoned school library…. (20 years too late).

  • juhasz-karolyne
    juhasz karolyne

    “The West’s deadliest Gunslinger against the World’s most diabolical Killer!”–Ad Line.This is one TERRIBLE feature!I first learned about this dud (movie?) in a Winter 1966 issue of Monster World magazine (a lesser companion magazine to the more popular Famous Monsters of Filmland) which gave both Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula and its co-feature the lamentable Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter considerable coverage (Ouch!). I believe Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula was theatrically released in March or April 1966 in the Toronto (Canada) area. When I discovered that John Carradine was cast as Dracula being a naive kid at the time I foolishly thought that it might be a pretty exciting film (after all John Carradine DID make a very good Count Dracula in the Universal Pictures classics House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula both of which I had seen on television).It’s not the idea of a legendary monster coming to America which is the problem here (it had been capably done before in The Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy’s Ghost, The Mummy’s Curse, Son of Dracula, Revenge of the Creature, The Return of Dracula, etc.) but this Kiddies’ Matinee Frightfest is SO inept and amateurish completely lacking any sense of the appropriately spooky atmosphere, mood or directorial verve and cinematic mastery on the part of William “One Shot” Beaudine.John Carradine’s sickly, frail looking and dentured Count Dracula is just TOO old (despite the slick brilliantine hair dye job) and his intended “bride” the bland, wide-eyed teen Betty Bentley (lamely portrayed by the untalented Melinda Plowman) is just TOO young for the aged, supernatural Grandpappy (a true odd couple!). Further making an already abysmal situation even worse is the film’s screenwriter who shockingly displays virtually NO understanding or knowledge about the Vampire King at all! This Dracula is able to freely go about during the daylight hours, he drinks whiskey (Olde Red Eye?), his deportment and delivery of dialogue completely lacks any genuine continental bearing or aristocratic flair and Carradine’s campy, creaky performance of the Count is much more akin to a cheating, unscrupulous gambler from Baltimore circa the mid-1800s rather than a dignified nobleman from Transylvania.It is a sad commentary that Mr. Carradine (a truly fine character actor) was humiliatingly relegated to this kind of unworthy trash in his later film career particularly when one recalls some of his great work in films like Stagecoach (1939), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and The Return of Frank James (1940) to name but a few. Interestingly Mr. Carradine would have a good supporting role as Cruikshank the shady English butler in Munster, Go Home! released later the same year as Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula.Bullets don’t affect the Vampire yet when Billy the Kid hurls his empty six-shooter at old Drac’s noggin he actually knocks him out and how about that absurdly dumb visibly string-operated rubber bat poorly utilized in those scenes where this hilariously bobbing and wobbly contraption flutters out-of-sight behind a conveniently stationed bush followed by an obvious “break” in the filming after which Dracula immediately pops out from the same obstruction thereby attempting to imply that the bat has somewhat discreetly transformed itself into Dracula .Lastly dig those numerous, unsubtle red lighting effects projected onto Count Dracula’s leering (and bleary-eyed) visage. Just awful!Pertaining to Carl K. Hittleman’s uninvolving and soporific script who can possibly forget such priceless tidbits of dialogue as when Dracula contemptuously refers to Billy the Kid’s friend and ally the stalwart, pistol-packing Dr. Henrietta Hull (Olive Carey) as a “backwoods female pill slinger?” The Bounder! The Cad! The Chauvinist!As a historical footnote this outrageous, Poverty Row travesty came out at the height of the Batman (ABC 1966-68) craze on television!A couple of things that I will say about Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula to its credit (and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter) is that it was actually photographed in COLOUR (next to John Carradine’s salary the colour film and lab processing was most probably the film’s second highest or perhaps single highest cost expenditure) and reliable Republic Pictures serial villain Roy Barcroft is cast in an atypically sympathetic role of Sheriff Griffin (maybe HE should have played Dracula instead?).Actually if you are really interested in a GOOD Horror Western film than check out Curse of the Undead (1959) starring Eric Fleming, Michael Pate and Kathleen Crowley which is a much better effort. Michael Pate portrays a mysterious, gunslinging Owlhoot with vampiric tendencies named Drake Roby who stalks the Old West and sets his sights (and fangs) on an attractive lady rancher. It’s available through MCA-Universal Home Video.Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula was commercially issued on home video (along with its co-feature Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter) in the mid-1980s through Embassy Home Video (Embassy Pictures theatrically released both films) but has long since been discontinued (I happen to have both which I bought on sale–REAL CHEAP!).Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter has been recently released again on home video through the MGM-United Artists “Midnight Movies” series so I think it’s a reasonable assumption that Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula will also be made available once more (just what the World really needs).Thankfully there were no similar follow ups like The Daltons Against the Wolf Man, Cole Younger Meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or Johnny Ringo Vs. the Invisible Man……Hmmmm!

  • keith-mcbride
    keith mcbride

    Billy the Kid versus Dracula starts late one night in the Old American West where a family of European immigrant’s are sleeping in the open, Eva (Virginia Christine) & Franz Oster (Walter Janovitz) manage to scare Count Dracula (John Carradine) off before he bites their daughter Lisa’s (Hannie Landman) neck. The following day & a stagecoach picks Dracula up from the side of the road, inside brother & sister Mary Bently (Marjorie Bennett) & James Underhill (William Forrest) tell Dracula about their niece they are visiting, Elizabeth (Melinda Plowman) & show him a photo. Dracula takes a shine to Elizabeth & decides he wants her by his side as one of the undead, I guess he’s just sort of lonely at the moment. Dracula kills a native Indian girl & in retribution her tribe attacks the stagecoach & kills all inside, apart from Dracula of course. Dracula ends up at the town of Wilksbury & poses as Underhill so he can stay at his Ranch with Elizabeth, however Dracula didn’t count on the fact that Elizabeth’s current boyfriend is the notorious gunfighter William ‘Billy the Kid’ Bonney (Chuck Courtney) whose suspicions are raised when the immigrant’s point Dracula out as a Vampire Lisa is mysteriously killed that night & cattle keep turning up with they’re throats cut open, William believes that a Vampire may be at work but will he figure it out in time to save Elizabeth…Directed by William Beaudine I thought Billy the Kid versus Dracula was a fairly fun film to watch if your in the right frame of mind. The script by Carl K. Hittleman mixes the unlikely genres of horror & western, it’s not exactly a marriage made in heaven either. The whole film is extremely silly in feel & tone, I doubt anyone these days would take any of it seriously for a second & that’s one of the problems as the script takes itself very seriously. However, to it’s credit at only 70 odd minutes long at least it’s short, it’s never boring & it has a certain entertainment value about it. The character’s are dumb, not much is made of the fact that Count Dracula is a Vampire, sure he has fangs & drinks blood but he walks around in the daylight & seems more interested in drinking the blood of the local livestock than the pretty young girls. Also what about Billy the Kid? This guy is far to polite & caring for me to even consider the possibility that he was a hard as nails ruthless murdering gunfighter, ‘would you like sugar in your tea Elizabeth?’. And what about Sheriff Griffin (Roy Barcroft)? He sure is one understanding decent bloke, being held at gunpoint amongst other things he can still keep his sense of humour & just ‘do the right thing’ in any given situation.Director Beaudine does an OK job, the film has a bright gaudy colour scheme to it, did Cowboys really wear pastel coloured shirts? The sets are all very stereotypical & quaint, it’s like an exact representation of what the West would’ve been like had it been picture perfect. Sure, there’s a few rotten eggs about but everyone else are pretty decent blokes who help strangers & give seemingly random people jobs & free rooms for the night, ya right.I’d have imagined Billy the Kid versus Dracula was a pretty low budget film, in fact I’m sure of it. To be fair it looks OK, it has nice bright colourful cinematography, the sets & locations are a little ‘Hollywood’ but it has decent production values & is better made than you might have thought. One area of criticism that Billy the Kid versus Dracula can’t escape is in the special effects department, the rubber bat the filmmakers use looks totally pathetic & surely one of the worst ever committed to film! Carradine apparently called this his worst film, I’d have to disagree with old John boy on that I’m afraid. The acting is rather flat & no-one puts much effort in.Billy the Kid versus Dracula is a rare breed of film that tries to mix the horror & western genre, there’s plenty of horses, gunslinging, macho posturing & fights, Saloons, ranches, concerns over cattle together with Vampires, neck biting, turning people into the undead, rubber bats, & a strange red glow that engulfs Carradines face every so often for no apparent reason so when I think about it it’s not entirely unsuccessful at what it sets out to do. Personally I can’t call it a good film but I didn’t think it was too bad either, worth a watch if your looking for something a bit different.

  • stina-martinsson
    stina martinsson

    Too bad the movie really blows.Dracula (John Carradine) is (for some reason) in the West. At a small town he falls in love with pretty Betty (Melinda Plowman). But her boyfriend is a reformed Billy the Kid (Chuck Courtney) who will fight Dracula to keep her…Sounds better than it plays. Carradine later said this was the worst film he ever did…and he was in over 300 films! He hams it up as the Count and they shine this stupid red light on his face whenever he’s hypnotizing somebody. And get a load of that rubber bat! Carradine was also too old and frail to play Dracula–he was 60 and looks it. Plowman is actually OK as Betty and Courtney tries as Billy…but he’s all wrong for the role. For starters he’s pretty short, is in just OK condition and has BLOND hair! I think he got the role cause he does know how to ride a horse. Also the script is horrible with just incredibly bad dialogue. There are continuity errors galore; Dracula leaves FOUR holes when he bites people {???}; sunlight doesn’t affect him and Carradine doesn’t even wear fangs.In it’s defense it was shot in bright color (at least in the print I saw), moves quickly and has one cool effect shoot–when Carradine is carrying Plowman from her bed we see there’s no reflection in a mirror–just Plowman seemingly floating in mid air. So this IS bad–real bottom of the barrel stuff–but fun to watch in a silly sort of way. Worth checking out for laughs. I give it a 1.

  • gavrilo-oberemko
    gavrilo oberemko

    There’s been plenty of Cowboy Crossovers, but this is one of the oddest titles I ever witness. Hints why I check it out. Billy the Kid Vs Dracula is one of those B-List movies that sounds silly, but could had work if written better, had a bigger production, or had a good director under it. This 73 minutes western movie was far from that with its low budget rubber bats on wires, no fangs, and others. Directed by William Beaudine. It was released theatrically as part of a double bill, along with 1966’s Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter. The film revolves around the eponymous ex-outlaw Billy the Kid (Chuck Courtney) trying to save his girlfriend, Elizabeth Bentley (Melinda Plowman) from Dracula AKA James Underhill (John Carradine) whom impersonating as her uncle. First off, Chuck Courtney as William ‘Billy the Kid’ Bonney is just odd casting as he has the personality of a toothpick, and woody delivery. None of the traits of real life personality of Billy the Kid are in this movie like his violent nature or rough and tough edge. In fact, the movie tries really hard make Billy the Kid seem like Good ol’ boy who follows the rules, than a murdering psychopath, he was in real life. He’s so bland, if you take his name out of the film, he can pass as a good role models type Roy Rogers cowboy. His age doesn’t help as well, as he looks more like Billy the 40 year old virgin. John Carradine as James Underhill is just as bad in his role, but it’s the worst, I ever saw from him. The title says he is Dracula, but it’s never mention in the film. He doesn’t delivery of dialogue completely lacks any genuine continental bearing or aristocratic flair. There isn’t any European accent, so I really doubt, he was really supposed to be Dracula. He look more a dirty old man, than a vampire. At less, he is the main star of this movie, than doing a stupid cameo. He somewhat play the role of Dracula, kinda sinister, but he doesn’t seem too much of a threat. The actor is so old & frail, that body doubles had to be used in walking scenes. Isn’t vampires supposed to suck blood to be youthful? He looks like he’s doing a bad job at that. Lots of inconsistencies in this film as he see Dracula move in bright daylight, while also getting hurt by daylight in other scenes. Then he can staked with non-wooden spears. It’s like the filmmakers didn’t know anything about vampires. I hate when he does that silly constipated mugging face under red light. I know, it’s used, so that he’s supposedly using mind control on people, but it’s such a repeatable shot that it become a bit funny to watch. It’s remind me of the Dramatic Hamster on Youtube. It’s gets worst when you find out that his main nemesis isn’t actually Billy the Kid, but a bad German accent old woman, Eva Oster (Virginia Christine) who knows Dracula’s real identify. Virginia Christine is known for being the Folger’s coffee woman. Melinda Plowman is pretty as the girlfriend of Bill the Kid, but she comes across as whiny and annoying. I just wish, she didn’t had any lines. The production was hit and miss. It’s nice to see the old Corriganville Movie Ranch sets again, but the movie has a lot of bad editing, as scenes seem too jump around. The opening credits look like something out of 1960’s Batman TV series with its cartoony effects. Then there is the badly done day for night lighting that makes it hard to see. Then there is the reel intermission break that is a bit odd to see on a modern DVD copy. The action is barely there. Billy only has one gun fight and two fist fights before the inevitable final showdown between the title protagonists. The final fight is anti-climax. I like how Bullets don’t affect the Vampire yet when Billy the Kid hurls his empty six-shooter at old Dracula’s head. He actually knocks him out. It’s such a disappointment. Don’t ask about what the bat seem exiting from the cave means, as it’s never explain in the film. Who knows maybe it was an attempt to set things up for a sequel that never materialized. The Story, though it may drag at times, is quite alright, but it’s nothing special. If you are a western fan, you will notice that it borrows or rip off clichés ideas from famous westerns like 1939’s Stagecoach. Sadly, it’s not violent enough to be good in the genre of Horror or Westerns. It’s a disgrace to both history and literature, but this is a Hollywood film at the time, after all, so don’t expect much accuracy in either Bram Stoker’s novel or Wild West history. Overall: I’d only recommend it to those with a love for ‘so bad, it’s good’ films.

  • agustin-diez-segui
    agustin diez segui

    “Billy the Kid Versus Dracula”… WTF?! As much as title promises complete nonsense, you must admit it makes you bit curious… I expected mix of western and horror that parodies this two cult movies or spoofs western and Dracula genres in general. I could bet this movie is dumb, but I hoped it is somewhat funny. Even when I realized I can not find it anywhere I simply could not give up. When I finally found online stream and saw its terrible quality of both picture and sound (probably pirate VHS rip of 1966. movie) I still could not resist. And I’m glad I didn’t.Movie is not comedy or parody. It is based on classic Dracula plot, puts it in Wild West scenery, and enriches it with western elements, making plot more interesting. Story is more complex than in original Dracula and combines western, classic Dracula horror and romance in some kind of thriller. Although production is bad and special effects ridiculous, story is good enough to hold your attention in spite everything else being bad. Also, movie is just over an hour long and that leaves no room for idling. And end… to me it is awesome. Final clash between Billy the Kid and Dracula, that last just few moments, is one of shortest, most efficient and funniest fighting scenes in movie history. I had to rewind this scene more than a few times with huge smile on my face.Objectively, this movie does not deserve more than weak four, but it is original for nine. Overall, warm recommendation to fans of old Dracula movies.6,5/10

  • linda-ward
    linda ward

    What I like best about this film is that nobody can prove that it didn’t happen. Billy the Kid’s life was the stuff of legends, and even today it is almost impossible to disentangle fact from fiction. Depending on the interests of the writer, actor, or director Billy can be made anything from a stone cold psychopath to a misunderstood loner. Most people have no idea that he was born in New York City or that his real name was Henry McCarty (he changed it to William Bonney later). In this movie Chuck Courteney portrays Billy as a relatively decent individual, a man trying to escape his evil past and start over as a ranch foreman. We know he will ultimately fail, but right now he has his hands full with Count Dracula, played by horror movie legend John Carradine. Just the title alone makes this one a genuine camp classic. If you want to see a serious examination of the mythologizing of the southwestern frontier, see Sam Peckinpah’s “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid”; if you want to see a truly bad movie that rips off two of the most popular figures in film history, this one’s for you.

  • natasha-jones
    natasha jones

    Billy The Kid Versus Dracula is cited by many (including the man himself) as the low-point in the career of John Carradine. It’s not true. I’ve seen a lot worse pictures than this.Yes, the premise of the movie is a bit silly, but never boring. Seen in the spirit of the poverty-row horrors and westerns of the thirties and forties (of which director William Beaudine is no stranger), it’s actually pretty entertaining.Also, it’s a lot of fun to see Carradine reprising his role as Dracula, from Universal’s House Of Frankenstein and House Of Dracula, a role that launched his career in horror movies.Don’t miss the hilarious climax where Billy the kid beans old Drac in the face with a shooting-iron!

  • sarah-mcdonald-md
    sarah mcdonald md

    Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966)*** (out of 4)Billy the Kid (Chuck Courtney) has settled down and is now working on a ranch where he has fallen in love with its owner Elizabeth (Melinda Plowman). Her uncle (John Carradine) shows up to pay her a visit and soon Billy realizes that he’s really COunt Dracula.If you go into a movie called BILLY THE KID VERSUS Dracula and take it serious then you really need to take a long, deep look at your life and wonder why you take things so seriously. THis here was obviously meant to be camp and with WIlliam Beaudine behind the camera they managed to get the movie in the can in five days. Who would have thought that all these decades later that the film would still have a nice little following among bad movie lovers?For my money this here is one of the greatest bad movies ever made and it’s entertainment value is pretty much off the charts. The only bad movie that comes closer to such entertainment is PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE so these two really are the kings of their sub- genre. What makes this film so entertaining is the fact that everyone is taking it pretty serious. The cast are all extremely serious and they’re treating these events as if they were in a serious drama.The one exception is Carradine who appears to know this is pure camp. He’s simply wonderful here and you can’t help but call this a great comic performance. I mean, look at an early scene where he’s in a bar and a girl with her parents have accused him of being a vampire. He says “a vampire” and take a look at his eyes as he says the line. Pure camp. The actor was a very smart man and a terrific actor who took roles like this to take care of his children. It’s clear he knew he was making a low-budget horror movie and he’s just making it fun.Beaudine actually makes this look like an actual Western and the film comes off as a real production and not just some cheap film. I’d also argue that the entire film is just about as entertaining as something like this could get. The horror elements are all rather silly as is everything else about the film but it has a certain innocent charm that really comes across.

  • doina-stanescu
    doina stanescu

    With a title like this movie has, it’s obvious that the film’s creators had no great pretense–they KNEW they weren’t making Shakespeare! However, despite the stupid title and a very low budget, the film isn’t quite as bad as it sounds. It really isn’t good, but at least the actors and director tried to make a film that is reasonably watchable, as they played it straight throughout–as if they expected people to actually watch and respect a film called BILLY THE KID VERSUS Dracula.John Carradine plays the Count, though it seems that the writer had never seen a vampire movie before, since so much in this film violates popular vampire lore. For example, here Dracula walks around during the daytime, does not sleep in a coffin, his face magically lights up in red when he’s hypnotizing people and wolves-bane drives him away–as if he’s the wolf-man! And, as far as acting goes, Carradine was the worst of the actors in the film–looking more like the Devil and over-acting throughout. The Dracula he plays in this film is considerably different than the one he more subtly played in HOUSE OF Dracula and HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. While the cape and top hat and bright red bow might have fit into these two earlier vampire films, here he just looks pretty stupid out West–especially when no one even questioned this flamboyant attire.As for the plot, the old vampire shows up, inexplicably, in the West and meets up with an amazingly civil and law-abiding Billy the Kid. Mr. The Kid is in love with a cute lady but she is also the focus of Dracula’s lust. In the end, they battle it out (of course) in a rather limp conclusion–it’s one of the most anti-climatic ends in monster history.All in all, this is a bad movie but not the type that you’d enjoy watching (like PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE). It’s more the type that just makes your brain hurt due to its ineptness and dull script.

  • ernst-dieter-paffrath-mohaupt
    ernst dieter paffrath mohaupt

    I actually stayed up late to watch this one night. How could I resist a title like “Billy The Kid Versus Dracula.”Not only was it incredibly historically accurate, but Dracula was very well played by John Carradine. I was thankful that it was shortly followed by another treat with “Jesse James meets Frankensteins Daughter.” The fact that someone actually green lighted this movie is the most horrifying thing around.I will say, it is worth the watch just for the final showdown between Billy and Dracula. After firing about six shots into Dracula, Carradine stands with the most sinister of stares only to be belted squarely across the nose with a gun that Billy throws across the room. The quickness and “Doh!” factor almost makes me think John Carradine wasn’t acting. It is a little too realistic (something not characteristic of John Carradine’s acting). I was laughing myself to tears when I saw that.If you want a good laugh, stick around to the end.

  • christie-jenkins
    christie jenkins

    John Carradine said this was the worst movie he ever made. It may have also been his worst performance as Dracula, a role he had assumed more than than any other character he portrayed in his illustrious career (at least six times in films and twice on TV, according to his IMDb filmography.) That being said,it’s still not half bad as a B western-horror movie. It may be odd to see a vampire in the old West, but maybe he was looking for Frankenstein’s daughter to help her take on Jesse James, the movie which veteran director William Beaudine released just before this one (JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER.) Ironically, this was the last film Beaudine made in a career that lasted from the silent films he made four decades before with Mary Pickford, to a series of Bowery Boys flicks, then on to a string of memorable TV shows like SPIN AND MARTY, RIN TIN TIN and LASSIE. Although Beaudine’s cinematic career might have ended here,he kept working, shooting more LASSIE episodes, a DISNEYLAND episode called “Ten who Dared” about Major Powell’s epic boat journey through the Grand Canyon and a couple of GREEN HORNET episodes, which were packaged with other programs into two Green Hornet films, a much better ending to his career than his silly film about two legendary killers. The film is just getting started when the story takes an ironic turn. The vampire has boarded a stagecoach at night where he meets a whiskey drummer, just as Carradine’s gambler character had done in the classic STAGECOACH film he made with John Wayne. After he kills an Indian girl at a rest stop, her tribe takes off after the stage, in the director’s homage to his colleague John Ford’s masterpiece. There’s not a lot more to recommend for this film. Billy only has one gun fight and two fist fights before the inevitable final showdown between the title protagonists. Dracula faces little resistance except from the immigrant mother of his second victim, who has a hard time convincing anyone a killer is going around biting helpless women and sheep to death. Some memorable TV character actors are seen here, such as Kurt Russell’s dad Bing, who played Sheriff Coffee’s deputy on BONANZA,Roy Barcroft from SPIN AND MARTY and the aforementioned Folgers Coffee lady.When all is said and done, the film does a fair job of telling what might happen if these two legendary figures from history and literature had met. Sure, the vampire may appear in daylight and the means chosen for dispatching him is something other than a wooden stake, and Billy the Kid would be the last cowboy to give up gunslinging glory to become a sheep puncher for anyone, but this is a Hollywood film after all, so don’t expect much accuracy in either historical or literary rendering. Beaudine was never in a class with other great directors of his time, but there were few that lasted in Hollywood for over half a century as he did. Producers liked his way of shooting within a budget and audiences liked the stories he told on film, so his films usually made money and his movies and TV shows were seldom boring to watch. This flick may not have been his or Carradine’s best works, but it’s a good opportunity to see the efforts of such screen legends as these two at work together, along with some familiar faces from the small screen. Dale Roloff

  • andrus-lepp
    andrus lepp

    Okay, we all know that any film with the title of “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” is not going to be winning any academy awards. This movie is exactly what you would expect it to be…low budget, unintentionally funny and campy as hell.The movie stars John Carradine as the vampire, and he’s way too long in the tooth (no pun intended) for his role. He comes across as being a dirty old man (vampire?), leering after every young skirt he comes in contact with. It’s not scary, just kind of repulsive. The movie has several hilarious lines, such as when Carradine growls “Where can I find this backwoods female pill slinger?” referring to the female doctor portrayed by Olive Carey, and “Oh God, the vampire test!” uttered with all seriousness by Virginia Christine, more well known as the Folger’s Lady in the coffee commercials of the 1970’s.When Carradine turns into a vampire a red light is shown on his face…no fangs, nothing but this weird red glow and his eyes about to bug out of his head. It’s absolutely side splitting to watch.Chuck Courtney, who plays Billy, is competent in his role, but Melinda Plowman, who portrays Betty, his fiancée and the vampire’s next meal, comes across as whiny and annoying. She was pretty, but I was almost rooting for John Carradine to do her in, just to shut her up.This movie is one of those “it’s so bad, it’s good” movies. I love it, just for the sheer camp factor. They don’t make ’em like this anymore.

  • lovro-tomsic
    lovro tomsic

    This film has a lot to offer for those of us who love bad movies. The rubber battery-operated bat, the horrible dialogue and irritating characters (especially the German/Austrian immigrant lady), and especially the obscure placement in time of the film: the 1800s town set; Billy’s 70s style ranch house–complete with bead curtain!; even the hallway above the early 1900s saloon which I think was a hallway at the movie studio. John Carradine, following his scripted eye cues very closely (“open eyes real wide”), gives hickeys and utilizes his amazing ability to stop the film and move off-camera. Chuck Courtney wears the same shirt throughout the entire film (costume budget woes, I imagine) and manages to knock out Dracula by tossing his gun at him! Oh yeah, and Carradine’s red-faced “I’m horny!” look is priceless, even without the red flashlight. A true gem.

  • dr-nemeth-jakab-csaba
    dr nemeth jakab csaba

    There is a point where camp and serious meet and the line between the two can be quite difficult to trace. Luckily here, one need not worry too much about that line as nothing is to be taken too terribly serious from this film. With a title like Billy the Kid VS. Dracula, a starring credit for Z actor John Carradine, and the directorial reigns in the hands of William One-shot Beaudine – did anyone really expect anything else? I echo all the comments of how badly this film was made. Its production values are breathtakingly bad. As viewers noted: a red light is focused on Carradine’s face for the “scary” moments, bats are flying courtesy of obvious, visible wires, editing concerns change story continuity repeatedly(guess it all wasn’t done in one shot), the actors seem to have been propped up in many instances giving some of the most wooden performances I have ever seen, and then there is the storyline and its inane dialog – tattooing every Western cliché and then even adding a few you wouldn’t expect nor should expect. John Carradine, whenever he is given an opportunity to be the star in a film vehicle, typically turns in a most hammy performance, and this film is no different. He is coiffed to look like some devil leering throughout the picture at his 18 year old “niece.” He at least has some talent as he barks out orders and acts more like a raving madmen obsessed with the virginal qualities of his future mate rather than being a sophisticated vampire. The guy playing Billy the Kid is just plain awful. His acting range never moves because it doesn’t exist. Chuck Courtney, aka Billy, stares his way through the role when he is not fake fighting. He acts like a choir boy most of the film. This was the infamous gunslinger Billy the Kid? As for the rest of the cast, don’t expect much more than some good, unintentional laughs as they wade through the muck that is the script. My favorites have to be Virginia Christine as Eva Oster – a German who is inexplicably traveling in America with her husband and daughter spouting fear for vampires, and Olive Carey as Dr. Henrietta Hull – or as Carradine so succinctly says, “the backwoods female pill slinger.” Dialog like that is a joy to behold. I loved watching this film. It definitely is one of those-so-bad-its-good movies to watch. Every scene will show something whether it is incompetence behind the camera or in front. This movie has Dracula, Billy the Kid, John Carradine, a vampire test, Dracula cruising about by day, and so much more fun that you really need to see it to believe it.

  • matias-gaspar
    matias gaspar

    While the title is laughable, the production values were okay, as was the cinematography. The acting was…well…less than wonderful, but not bad enough to ruin the fun. Poor John Carradine…”Lo how the mighty have fallen” is about all one can say regarding his appearance in this film, but even old actors have to eat & pay bills, so we forgive him. There were quite a few old favorites working in this one. Roy Barcroft (everyone’s favorite “bad guy” in almost all of the Rocky Lane movies), Bing Russell (yes, Kurt’s daddy), Harry Carey Jr. with only a few lines early in the film, his mom, Olive Carey,(remember her from “The Searchers”?) as the town Dr., and a few others whose names won’t ring any bells but whose faces are instantly recognizable to anyone who has ever seen a Western or a Cop movie/TV show. It was also fun to see the old Corriganville Movie Ranch sets again…a lot of fond memories for us old Western actors there! Chuck Courtney (the star),was quite a horseman. Watching him ride & handle his mounts was almost enough to make you forget that crummy rubber bat. He did a credible job of acting, & his fast draw skills were very good. I did some stunt work with him many years ago, & he was well respected in the industry as both a daring stuntman & a competent stunt coordinator. When you did a fight scene with him, it always looked real & no one got hurt. All in all, this movie is not a “great” horror classic, but it is fun to watch as light entertainment. A real “popcorn & beer” film for late night viewing.

  • nela-kolarova
    nela kolarova

    If you’re looking for a good Horror-Western then you’ve come to the wrong place. However, if you are an afficianado of stiff, stagey, stodgy drive-in material then there is much here to entertain. John Carradine hams it up royally, rolling his eyes and barking his lines like he’s a silent film star who’s just been told he’s got to make the transition to talkies…and he gives it everything he’s got as he prowls about the Wild West resplendent in top-hat and cape. His face glows red every time he spots a girl he fancies; he even has a red-duvet on the vampire double bed he keeps in the abandoned silver mine that is his lair, should he get lucky, which seems unlikely seeing as he looks older even than the undeadest undead man. Watch out for B-Western legends Harry Carey Jnr. and Roy Barcroft, enjoy the wholesome sixties-chick heroine, ignore the tired convolusions of the plot, try and forget that the whole thing is entirely devoid of creepy atmosphere. Good fun for cheese fans.

  • haykowhi-kabaghyan
    haykowhi kabaghyan

    Yeah, it’s nutty, with an accentless Dracula popping up in the old west like the ultimate dirty old man, leering at and biting the neck of just about every nubile young woman who wanders by. Somehow, Drac ends up at the very ranch where Billy the Kid has gotten a job in an attempt to hang up his bad guy ways. Whew. Still in all, you get a lot of the always wonderful John Carradine, playing Dracula yet again, and even better, his main nemesis isn’t actually Billy the Kid, but instead Mrs. Olsen from the long ago Folger’s coffee commercials!!! She is an immigrant Swedish/German woman who knows Dracula’s real agenda, and is much more of a thorn in his side than the mostly ineffectual cowboy hero. So there you go–you old monster movie buffs should definitely check this one out!

  • ruben-kristensen
    ruben kristensen

    MORD39 RATING: ** out of ****Okay, we know that this is a silly premise with an elderly John Carradine in the Count Dracula role, but as far as “bad” movies go, it’s definitely much more fun than most other trash. At the very least, it’s miles and miles better than its totally boring companion piece, JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER.Carradine is deliciously sinister as Dracula, and the story does flow nicely. No awards given here, just a fun afternoon matinee item that is FAR from Carradine’s “worst” film. The actor himself often referred to this movie as the lowest of his career, but this was probably because the outlandish title stuck in his mind.If you want to see truly UNWATCHABLE John Carradine garbage, there are literally DOZENS worse…ASTRO ZOMBIES and GALLERY OF HORROR to name but two.

  • dragan-krzelj
    dragan krzelj

    This is uttered by Virginia Christine (the alluring Anaka in 1945’s THE MUMMY’S CURSE) when Melina Plowman tells her that her “uncle” casts no reflection in the mirror. Another pithy line of dialogue, one you’d never expect the legendary vampire to make, is (to his “niece”) “Marry a notorious gunslinger? I won’t hear of it!” Carradine as Dracula comes across as merely a crochety, vaguely sinister, eccentric uncle with an elitist attitude against immigrants. The actor frankly seems in his, uh, cups, but do you blame him? On the other hand, Chuck Courtney brings a surprising believablity and bantamweight handsomeness and likability to Billy the Kid; he looks somewhat like Audie Murphy, which also helps. Melinda Plowman as Dracula’s object of lust, looks like one of those Noxema girls from the 1960’s t.v. ads for that skin cream. The strings on the shlocky flapping rubber bat are clearly visible, oh, what joy! Right from someplace like “Eddie’s House of Horrors” on Hollywood Boulevard, probably where they also got that shiny big red bow for Dracula.Another source of delight is the wide eyed, dopey, open mouthed look of stupefaction and wonder on the young German girl’s face as she realizes who Carradine is. The old female doc is played straight, and there is something appealing about the dusty, Hollywood/old Wild West 101 atmosphere, with its pleasantly juvenile shootin’, fightin’ and ranchin’ atmosphere, oddly made more pleasant by the juxtaposition of the silly and cheesy vampire-comes-to-town-to-stir-up-the-locals story. This movie is best enjoyed either in a “matinee” time frame, say around 2 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon, or at 2 a.m. that same night.

  • gustavo-henrique-nogueira
    gustavo henrique nogueira

    This was filmed back to back with “Jessie James Meets Frankensteins Daughter” in the same Simi Valley ranch by William Beaudine who use to be a very capable director. I think this is just campy fun to watch! The story starts out with Dracula (John Carradine) on a stagecoach and he see’s a picture of a young girl and is instantly attracted to her. That night Dracula kills a young Indian girl and the rest of the Indians attack the Stagecoach and kill everyone on board. Dracula assumes the identity of a Mr. Underhill and goes to meet his niece who has never met him. The niece is Betty Bentley (Melinda Plowman) and the ranch that her family owns has a foreman named William Bonney (Chuck Courtney) and the two of them are in love and want to get married. Dracula arrives and he introduces himself as Betty’s uncle and he takes charge of the ranch. He also starts to make plans on making Betty his bride! An immigrant couple recognize him as a vampire because he had killed their daughter and now they try and warn Betty and William. This film plays as a regular vampire story and not as camp but with the low budget and a script that isn’t careful about vampire do’s and dont’s it can’t help but become camp. Carradine was pretty old in 1966 and he appears frail so when there are scenes that require physical effort a stand-in was used. Take a good look when Dracula is supposedly carrying Betty, you can’t see his face. Carradine dyed his hair black for this role to try and look younger. I also liked Plowman in this film, she was a steady television actress during the 50’s and 60’s and she was extremely beautiful to look at. I personally could understand why Dracula was so infatuated with her. I probably would have done the same thing if I was in his shoes! If anyone knows whatever happened to Melinda Plowman please let me know. The ending was pretty shabby when Billy the Kid throws a gun at Dracula and knocks him out! And then uses a railroad spike. Everyone knows it has to be a wooden spike! But you have to expect these inconsistencies from these films. Thats part of their charm! Also, for you trivia buffs out there…Olive Carey plays Dr. Hull and Carey is the mother of Harry Carey jr. who also appears in this film as the wagon master! Silly and inconsistent film is actually fun to watch. I think it lives up to its incredible title. Look out for those rubber bats on a string!

  • diana-pereira
    diana pereira

    This is one of my favourite bad movies. Rubber bats, Western backdrops, and John Carradine as Dracula. Someone shines a red light on Carradine’s mugging face during the scary scenes. It’s hypnotically awful, but I’d only recommend it to those with a love for real trash. It seems to be pretty unique, but I haven’t seen the companion piece, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter.