July 30, 2008

Bonnie and Clyde Meet … Dracula?

By Jennifer Hall, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.

Jul. 30--When Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went on the run from law enforcement in the early 1930s, the last thing they thought they'd run into was Dracula. That's the plot behind a feature-length horror flick filmed at St. Joseph's Whiskey Mansion.

According to the movie's official Web site, "Bonnie & Clyde Versus Dracula" combines the rough-and-tumble world of gangster outlaws with the violent Gothic atmosphere of a classic horror film.

"It will be fun for people to see," said Olin Cox, owner of Whiskey Mansion.

He served as host to Big Atom Productions out of Kansas City, as well as the cast and crew for the several weeks of filming last summer.

A meet-and-greet with the cast and crew will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mansion, located at 1723 Francis St. Mr. Cox will serve light desserts and coffee for members of the public at the "Meet the Stars" event.

The Horseshoe Lake Drive-In will show a screening of the movie at 9 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $5.

"It's good for people in St. Joe to get out and experience the possibilities," Mr. Cox said. "It's exciting that people do want to come here."

He said the movie was the second his mansion has attracted in the past year. Up to 70 people were in St. Joseph filming the Dracula movie last July. Well-known scream queen Tiffany Shepis plays a leading role in the film and stayed at the mansion with other out-of-town guests.

Most of the scenes in the movie take place at the historical St. Joseph home, except for outside scenes, which were filmed elsewhere in St. Joseph or in Weston, Mo.

Mr. Cox purchased the home in 1995. It was built in 1885 by the Westheimer family, who were whiskey brewers. While the Victorian decor suited film makers and producers, Mr. Cox said most of the windows had to be blacked out for a more Gothic and scary feel.

For more information, contact Mr. Cox at 676-1529 or www.whiskeymansion1885.com. See a clip from the movie at www.bcvdmovie.com/trailer.html.

Business reporter Jennifer Hall can be reached at [email protected]


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