Horrorfest 2018 Presents: Scream Blacula, Scream (1973, Bob Kelljan)

While not as good as the first film, Scream Blacula Scream is still enjoyable and decent enough for a sequel. The awesome William H. Marshall returns as the title character, and Pam Grier is a fine addition to the series as the Voodoo queen who Blacula enlists to lift his vampire curse. There are a few good creepy moments, yet the first movie was better in that department. I did laugh at two muggers trying to rob Blacula, as that ends very poorly for them.

However stretches of the film do not work, and perhaps this was rushed out too quckily in an attempt to build off the first film’s success. Too bad there is a limited number of horror films that have been made featuring African American actors and other people of color in the past, although a lot of modern films have seen an effort to feature more diversity. That perhaps can be partly attributed to the Blacula films.

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