Weird Movie Titles: Billy the Kid Versus Dracula

Circle Productions released Billy the Kid Versus Dracula in 1966 and was one of the weirdest movie titles ever released. Mixing the wild west with the horror film genre was bound to draw attention.

Dracula portrayed by John Carradine intends to make Billy the Kid’s fiancee his vampire wife by impersonating his fiancee’s uncle but Billy the Kid is warned about Dracula’s plans and triumphs in the end thwarting the plans of Dracula.

The internet movie database reviews rate the movie at 2.3 stars out of 10 stars.  This movie has nothing to do with history since Billy the Kid was killed in 1891 at the age of 19 by Sheriff Pat Garrett but in this movie Billy is reformed and working as a ranch hand.

Dracula is supposed to not be able to walk in broad daylight but does in this movie. The only good thing about the movie is that it is over in only 73 minutes.

The Internet Movie Database has this review of the movie by someone who saw the movie:

A HORROR FILM IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!, 30 October 2003
Author: wdrr

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.

The movie had an obvious goof that was repeated several times but was left in the movie:

Continuity: At many points in the film, “Mrs. Oster” (Virginia Christine) is called “Mrs. Olson”, the character she made famous in the Folger Coffee Commercials – hardly enough reason for director “One-Shot” Beaudine to stop the cameras.

It seems like this movie was supposed to be more of a horror film but turned out to be a comedy and John Carradine called this movie the low point of his career even lower than Bikini Drive-in.


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Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Weird Movie Titles: Billy the Kid Versus Dracula”

  1. Jim….I think I would like to see it too. It is fun watching a serious actor like John Carradine in a movie that can’t be taken seriously.

    The movie is part of a set. The other one is Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter with the same director and shot in eight days.

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