Sunday, February 14, 2010
Scream Blacula Scream (1973, Bob Kelljan)
Scream Blacula Scream. I don't think it really has anything to do with the film itself, unless I missed something, but it is definitely a great title. William Marshall returns as Blacula, despite his wormy demise in the first film. Oh well, Dracula always comes back so why not Blacula? Though I had wanted to see the two Blacula films for a long time, when I found out Pam Grier was in this one it made it even that much harder (no pun intended) to resist.
Pam Grier plays Lisa, a girl taken in by a voodoo priestess. When the priestess dies, she leaves the inheritance to Lisa, which majorly pisses off the priestess's biological son Willis (Richard Lawson). To get back at her, Willis performs a voodoo ceremony with the bones of Mamuwalde, which brings him back to life. Willis becomes his first vampire servant and they soon target Lisa, whom Mamuwalde has taken a shine to.
A fun sequel to a very original film, Scream Blacula Scream is a Blaxploitation Vampire film that continues on the legend of Mamuwalde very nicely. Marshall does a great job as the funky prince of darkness and Pam Grier does a fine job as the beautiful heroine and Blacula's prospective princess. A little slow in the middle of the film, the rest is exciting and, like the first, actually kind of scary. Those Afro'd vampires are some of the most threatening I've seen. Overall lots of fun and worth a watch for sure.