Scream Blacula Scream
|Scream Blacula Scream|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bob Kelljan|
|Produced by||Joseph T. Naar|
|Written by||Joan Torres
|Starring||William H. Marshall
|Music by||Bill Marx|
|Edited by||Fabien D. Tordjmann|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures|
|June 27, 1973|
|Box office||$1 million (US/ Canada rentals)|
Scream Blacula Scream is a 1973 American blaxploitation horror film, made under the working titles Blacula Is Beautiful and Blacula Lives Again! It is the only sequel to the 1972 film Blacula. The film was produced by American International Pictures (AIP) and Power Productions.
After a dying Voodoo queen, Mama Loa, chooses an adopted apprentice, Lisa Fortier (Pam Grier) as her successor, her arrogant son and true heir, Willis, (Richard Lawson) is outraged. Seeking revenge, he buys the bones of Mamuwalde the vampire from the former shaman of the voodoo cult, and uses voodoo to resurrect the vampire to do his bidding. However, while it brings Mamuwalde back to life, he quickly bites Willis upon awakening. Willis now finds himself in a curse of his own doing: made into a vampire hungering for blood and, ironically, a slave to the very creature he sought to control. Meanwhile, Justin Carter (Don Mitchell), an ex-police officer with a large collection of acquired African antiquities and an interest in the occult, begins to investigate the murders caused by Mamuwalde and his growing vampire horde. Justin meets Mamuwalde at a party Justin hosts to display the African collection pieces before being moved to the University's museum. They discuss the artifacts, unbeknown to anyone else, that were from the region of Africa Mamuwalde hails from, including pieces of jewelry once worn by his late wife Luva. Mamuwalde also meets Justin's girlfriend, Lisa Fortier, at the party and he discovers that Lisa is naturally adept at voodoo. Lisa discovers Mamuwaldes' true nature after a friend of hers, Gloria, falls victim to his bite and resurrected as a vampire who nearly feeds on her if not for Mamuwalde's intervention. He later asks her for help to cure him of his vampire curse. Justin, with the help of L.A.P.D. Lieutenant Harley Dunlop (Michael Conrad), pulls together several other cops to go to the Mamuwalde residence to investigate the recent deaths. While Lisa is performing the ritual to cure Mamuwalde, using a voodoo doll fashioned to look like him, Justin, Harley and their men raid the house, fighting against Blacula's vampire minions which include several friends of theirs. Willis is killed during this scuffle. Justin manages to find Lisa and Mamuwalde and interrupts the ritual. Lisa refuses to help Mamuwalde after she witnesses him kill the other police officers in the house in a fit of rage. As Mamuwalde, now calling himself Blacula, is about to bite Justin, Lisa stabs the prince's voodoo doll killing Mamuwalde and destroying the menace of Blacula forever.
- William H. Marshall as Prince Mamuwalde / Blacula
- Don Mitchell as Justin Carter
- Pam Grier as Lisa Fortier
- Michael Conrad as Lieutenant Harley Dunlop
- Janee Michelle as Gloria
- Lynn Moody as Denny
- Barbara Rhoades as Elaine
- Bernie Hamilton as Ragman
- Richard Lawson as Willis Daniels
- Arnold Williams as Louis
- Van Kirksey as Professor Walton
- Craig Nelson as Sarge
- James Kingsley as Sergeant Williams
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The film had a mostly negative reception. Roger Ebert gave the film 1.5 stars out of a possible 4. He wrote that Scream Blacula Scream "shows some evidence of having been made in a hurry with limited funds", with poor lighting and a sometimes confusing plot. Despite these technical flaws, Ebert praised Marshall for bringing a "terrifying dignity" to his role while Grier "has a spirit and enthusiasm that's refreshing."
- "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 60
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