Scream Blacula Scream

Tag line : The Black Prince of Shadows Stalks the Earth Again!

Scream Blacula ScreamBlacula had proved a big success at the 70's box office, so a sequel was hastily commissioned by the studios, with original writers Raymond Koenig and Joan Torres returning to pen the script and director Bob Kelijan this time at the helm.

In this, Blacula (played by William Marshall again) is resurrected by a voodoo priest named Willis, who is looking for revenge on his former cult members after loosing a power struggle for control of the group.

Once awakened, Blacula turns Willis into his vampire slave, which causes much annoyance when he realises he can no longer see his own reflection ("Man, I can dig being a vampire but having no reflection just aint hip"), then duly goes out looking for fresh prey.

Though Willis is still bent on getting his own back on his former cult members. Blacula has other ideas and  start takes an interest in their new leader, a girl named Lisa (Pam Grier) who he thinks may be able to help lift this vampire curse from him.

With the bodies piling up, the local Sheriff (Michael Conrad) seems to think Lisa's Voodoo cult may be behind the recent slew of killings. But her boyfriend Justin (Don Mitchell), who's also a former police officer, believes something more sinister is afoot. But again, how do you convince the police you're dealing with a vampire?

Overall this is an enjoyable second outing for the black prince of darkness. As before, the film is played as a straight horror pic  although, like its predecessor, it does have its share of intentional(?) humour. If you enjoyed the first film, you should enjoy this.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "the most horrifying film of the decade!"

  • Pam Grier was a prominent "Blaxploitation" actress during the 70s. In recent years she's probably better known for her roles in films such as "Jackie Brown" and "Ghosts of Mars".

  • The films working title was "Blacula is Beautiful". This was later changed to "Blacula Lives Again", before they finally settled on the name "Scream Blacula Scream".

  • One of the pimps who attacks Blacula was played by stuntman Bob Minor, who still works in Hollywood today. Some of the more recognisable films he has done in recent years include "Die Hard 3", "Ocean's 11" and "2 Fast 2 Furious".

  • Michael Conrad, who plays Sheriff Dunlop, went onto play Sgt Esterhaus in the cult 80's cop show "Hill Street Blues".

  • Director Bob Kelljan also directed the cult horror film "Count Yorga the Vampire" and the exploitation pic "Act of Vengeance".

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