The local art house cinema had a free showing of the 50th anniversary of my all time favorite vampire film, Blacula.
Dir: William Crain
This was part of a series on black filmmakers of then & now. I was hoping for an enlightened talk before the film, but the young local black filmmaker introducing the film couldn’t even remember the name of the actor in the title role.
After a pause and stumble, I shouted out William Marshall. A highlight of this film is the introduction of the singing group The Hues Corporation. This film appearance landed them a record contract and would score a hit a few years later called Rock the boat.
Yeah this film has moments of high camp and both ethnic and sexuality slurs, but at it’s root it’s one hell of a romantic tragedy.
Mumawalde loves Luva, is cursed by Dracula, ends up in 1972 Los Angeles, meets the reincarnated Luva now known as Tina, spends the film romancing Tina, Tina is shot and Mumawalde has no choice but to make her a vampire now. Eventually she is staked by the heroes of the film, but because Mumawalde’s only reason for living (despite having murdered & turned into vampires about a dozen people) was Tina, he decides to kill himself by burning under the sunrise.
Seriously, romantic & tragic.
Say what you will I love this film. Seeing in a theater brought out a lot details and sounds that you just don’t see on the small screen.
My coworker & friend Cheryl joined me for the showing.