Blacula / Scream Blacula Scream [Blu-ray]
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The eternally cool William Marshall puts a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the Earth with an insatiable lust for blood in these riveting Blaxploitation classics.
In 1780, African Prince Mamuwalde (Marshall) pays a visit to Count Dracula in Transylvania, seeking his support in ending slave trade. Instead, the evil count curses his noble guest and transforms him into a vampire! Released from his coffin nearly two centuries later by a pair of luckless interior decorators, Mamuwalde emerges as "Blacula, ", one strange dude strollin the streets of L.A. on a nightly quest for human blood!
Blacula lives! The scintillating sequel, Scream, Blacula, Scream, pits voodoo power against vampire fury! Willis Daniels (Richard Lawson), the son of a late high priestess, seeks revenge on the cultists who have chosen his foster sister Lisa (Pam Grier) as their new leader. Hoping to curse Lisa, Willis unwittingly resurrects Blaculas earthly remains: and unleashes the Prince of Darkness and his freaked-out army of the undead!
- Audio Commentary on BLACULA with author/film historian/filmmaker David F. Walker (Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak)
- New Interview with actor Richard Lawson (SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM)
- Theatrical Trailers
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Top Customer Reviews
This was a real sloppy release, the reason I gave 3 stars is for Willliam Marshalls performance, which really is what makes these movies worthwhile and the only good thing about this BD release overall.
Seriously, this is still Low-budget horror and a bit 'campy' at times (from American International, circa1972) but still quite intelligently and effectively done = with plenty of intensity & scares, and even some dry-wit humor in just the right places and a great Story! Of course it was also released at the height of the 'blacksploitation' era but is curiously one of the few very successful horror entries in that genre. The supporting cast is also top-notch: Vonetta McGee as ancient-Princess Luva/and modern-Day Tina, the beautiful Denise Nicholas (who is now a successful novelist) and stalwart Thalmas Rasulala. If you have never seen this film, give it a shot (especially around Halloween) you'll probably find it much better than expected = and a legitimate Classic of the Horror/Vampire genre (right alongside the best Hammer-Christopher Lee outings!)
The second feature: "Scream Blacula Scream" has a more modern feel to it = co-starring the awesome Pam Grier and dealing not only with straight vampiric-horror but also dabbling in the mystic-Arts (e.g. Voodoo) of which Pam Grier's character 'Lisa Fortier' is a gifted-practitioner. The interesting concept here is that Prince Mamuwalde/Blacula (again the commandingly-resonant William Marshall) seeks the mystical Lisa's help to harness her powerful 'magic' and hopefully 'cure' the beleaguered blood-sucker (thus releasing him form eternal unquenchable plasma thirst & misery) The chemistry between Pam Grier and William Marshall is quite palpable (and even surprisingly moving at times) = you almost wish that Lisa was successful in her mystical-application of the potential cure/remedy (or at least wish there had been another sequel!)
These are both authentic 'Lost-Treasure' 1970's era 'Urban' horror films that deserve to be appreciated by younger generations of horror fans (especially at Halloween)
Note: Star Trek fans also know William Marshall for his highly memorable portrayal of hyper-brilliant Dr. Richard Daystrom from the Classic-episode 'The Ultimate Computer' (as the ingenious designer of Starfleet's most advanced artificial-intelligence/on-board computer-system, that unfortunately goes awry in that particular episode!)
I bought this as a present for a person. The enjoyed it immensly