Sunday, November 8, 2009

Scream Blacula Scream (1973)

Now this sequel is everything I had wanted out of the first film. It has not just simply replaced the lead characters with black counterparts, but it has organically introduced more cultural differences in the storyline while the script could easily have been played by performers of any race. This creates a much more natural feel while validating the strength of the filmmaking and allowing it to transcend the abased Blaxsploitation subgenre. The technical work in the lighting, cinematography, and framing have each been dramatically improved as well, drawing the viewer in with small touches of the classic Gothic Horror entries. Marshall returns with another powerful performance while the female lead brings Pam Grier (!!) into the starring role as a voodoo priestess whom Blacula seeks out to help rid him of his bloodthirsty curse so that he may return to his people in Africa. SCREAM is more enjoyable than the original in nearly every way, and it is disappointing that the series was ended so prematurely when it had just picked up its stride. Well worth seeking out for a fun and original play on the Dracula theme!

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.
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4 comments:

  1. I love these BLACULA movies. These are the movies my brother and I would watch with our Dad when we were pre-teens. Other kids learned valuable skills... not us! We watched B horror movies!

    JM

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  2. Cultural diversity is a life lesson at least! The only lesson I ever learned was that anything I ever did was evil, and that there was a 99% chance I was going to hell.

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  3. This was a really good sequel. I especially enjoyed the finale when Blacula lays waste to a gang of cops.

    SUGAR HILL (1974) is another blaxploitation horror flick you should seek out Carl if you haven't already seen it. Count Yorga himself plays the main villain. I got a review coming up for it. It's been making the rounds on cable the last few years remastered and widescreen.

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  4. Most excellent, looking forward to the review and I will keep tabs on the film!

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