Thursday, January 15, 2009
Scream Blacula Scream 
I'll make this crystal clear--"Scream Blacula Scream" is not a good movie. It doesn't have the freshness of the original "Blacula," nor does it posess the odd sense of poignancy that the relationship between William Marshall's titular vampire and his reincarnated love interest adds to the first film. Undead African prince Mumuwalde is a less rich character in the sequel and there are just too many missed opportunites for EXTREME AWESOMENESS throughout the iffy-paced plot to be ignored. The end product is textbook "Coulda Been But Wasn't" cinema, but like most movies of this sort, there are a few important points worth noting.
The plot concerns the resurrected Mumuwalde seeking to rid himself of the evil that animates his body by employing the services of a gifted voodoo priestess Lisa Poitier (Pam Grier). Of course, a vampire-dude's gotta do what vampire-dude's gotta do, so Mumuwalde spends much of his time engaging in neck-bitey activities, amassing a ghoulish army to protect him until a successful exorcism can be performed. Lisa's friend Justin, a successful entrepreneur and art collector, soon links the unexplained deaths to Mumuwalde, and attempts to persuade the police to track down the killer. I know, I know--it's a voodoo-themed blaxploitation vampire movie, and it's still not very good. Like I mentioned above, though, there are some highlights. Let's discuss!
"Don't Answer the Phone," during his one minute on screen. I love it when that happens!
There are far, FAR worse ways to spend ninety minutes than with "Scream Blacula Scream." It's got its fun moments, but the end effect of the movie is kinda forgettable.
For more "Scream Blacula Scream," check out the Flickr gallery of stills.