Sunday, April 24, 2011
Earthwork), and today it's a little number entitled BONNIE AND CLYDE VS DRACULA. What? Yes, and if that title sounds like one of the camp classics of all time, so be it. You can't escape camp with a title like that. The movie, however, is surprisingly straight -- combining the thriller, action, crime, horror and nostalgia genres into something that actually works. And surprisingly well.
Tiffany Shepis, above, left), Clyde (Trent Haaga, above, right) and Dracula into the same film? If so, then I stand corrected. And amazed.
Timothy Friend, so it is he who gets the lion's share of credit for how well the thing works. Sorry, Tim: I could not find a photo of you anywhere on the web -- not, at least, one that I could be certain was of you, the movie-maker, rather than some other Timothy Friend. If someone will send a shot to me, I will include it in this post, for this guy deserves his credit and identification. (That may be Mr. Friend, above, with his back to us. But it might also be the cinematographer, Todd Norris. Good job, Todd: Your movie looks like a million dollars.)
Just breaking: I received a very pleasant email from The Friend Family yesterday, 4/26/2011, along with a photo -- of that missing director -- and an explanation of who is who and how the family fits together. See bottom of this post for an update....
Jennifer Friend (below, upside down and in Indian head-dress: don't ask), who also doubles as one of the movie's stars. She plays Annabel, a rather pretty young woman with a few cards missing from her deck. In the role of Dracula is one, Russell Friend (at left), and he delivers one of the sexiest Dracs since Christopher Lee. I wish the film found greater use for him, since everything he does is germane and interesting and is handled quite well. But with all else that's going on here (for a nice change in the horror genre, this film has too much, rather than the usual too little, happening), our Drac is not used to full capacity.
Indican Pictures -- after playing a raft of fantasy/horror fests and some theatrical venues, including midnight showings, outside of NYC -- comes to DVD this Tuesday, April 26. Fans will want to take a look, for sure, while film buffs who appreciate the unusual will probably enjoy it, too.
Joseph Allen (co-producer, lead gaffer and he composed the musical score), co-producer and co-star Jennifer Friend, and -- finally -- a photo of the director Timothy Friend. Jennifer, who sent the email and is married to Timothy, also tells me that their son Alex has a small part in the film. He plays the young "moonshiner" who gets shot during a heist-gone-bad, and he, along with some of his friends,worked as production assistant on the film. Further, Russell Friend, who makes such a stirring Dracula, is Timothy's younger brother, and the family is now in preproduction for its next feature film -- which it plans to shoot in the sumer of 2012. I can't wait, and once you've seen what glossy fun it offers with B&CvsD, I wager you'll be eager to see the next one, too.