32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 20: Scream Blacula Scream

Scream Blacula Scream

For blaxploitation movie night here at 32 Days of Halloween, we go to the inevitable sequel to that classic of the genre, Blacula, and bring you… Scream Blacula Scream. Not only do you get the return of William “I Am a Badass” Marshall as Blacula, but Pam Grier is now in the mix. Your rival voodoo priest at the beginning there, the one who does the Bad Thing, is indeed Richard Lawson. You’re recognizing him from V, most likely. The original series, of course. Also look for Craig T. Nelson in a small role. But otherwise…classic stuff.

“Hey look, man, I don’t mind being a vampire and all that shit but this really ain’t hip!” Amazing. Enjoy.

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32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 20: Bones (2001)

Snoop Dogg as Bones

Getting a bit of a late start today due to various and sundry bits of fun. But we shall catch up soon enough. Today kicks off with Blaxploitation traditionally, so what better way to go than with a film that served as a tribute to that bygone genre? We’re going with Bones. And nothing says “tribute” and “sit up and pay attention” like casting Pam Grier. You know it’s true. And yes, it does star Snoop Dogg as the Big Bad long before he became a lion or even gave us a tantalizing glimpse of how he could single-handedly save daytime television.

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BaadAsssss Cinema (2002) – DVD Review

BaadAsssss Cinema DVD box art

Film:
DVD:

Directed by: Isaac Julien

Features:

  • Director Biography
  • Extended interviews with Pam Grier, Quentin Tarantino, Gloria Hendry, and Fred Williamson

Released by: Docurama
Region: 1
Rating: NR, safe for about 13+
Anamorphic: Nope

My Advice: Try and catch it on IFC

Hollywood is always in search of a bandwagon to jump onto. Currently, comic books are being ridden for all they’re worth. Back in the early to mid 70s, it was ‘blaxploitation’. The history of this genre is the subject of the documentary BaadAsssss Cinema. With the rise of the Black Power movement, the time was right for strong black characters who kicked ass, fought The Man, and made sweet love. When Sweet Sweetback’s BaadAsssss Song, a movie with all the above elements and the black lead getting away from the cops, became a huge hit, Hollywood came running. Soon movies like Shaft, Coffy, Superfly, and Black Caesar were hitting the movie houses. Many black actors and film crews were getting work, but at what cost? Many black intellectuals, such as Jesse Jackson (yes, he was causing trouble back then), decried the glorification of pimps and criminals and promotion of the thug lifestyle. After a few years, the genre developed into self-parody with films like Blacula and with blacks seeing mainstream movies in greater numbers, Hollywood pulled the plug on blaxploitation. But the genre is getting a second life through the efforts of Quentin Tarantino and others. It looks like you can’t keep a good brother down.

BaadAsssss Cinema screen capture 2

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