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When Willis (Richard Lawson) feels himself cheated out of becoming the Papa
Luah of his community by his local voodoo cult & especially voodoowitch
extraordinaire Lisa (Pam Grier), he decies to take desperate measures &
revive Blacula (William Marshall) for revenge - which proves to be not such a
good idea since Blacula is a vampire, & vampires do get a little grumpy in
the mornign & have the tendency to take it out on those who have woken them
up ... & so Blacula does, sucking Willis' blood.
Willis takes being
turned into a vampire rather lightly though, but he is a little miffed about
not being able to see his reflection no more ...
Blacula soon attends a party
held by Lisa's boyfriend Justin (Don Mitchell) - an ex-cop who is now an
immesnsely rich collector of African art - & soon gains both their trust by
being an espert on African art himself ... however that doesn't keep him from
secretly killing one of their partyguests, Gloria (Janee Michelle), when he
gets a tad hungry. Later, when on the way home, he passes through the seeider
parts of town, & 2 pimps (Bob Minor, Al Jones) want to hold him up, so he
sucks them dry, too.
Sheriff Dunlop (Michael Conrad), an old friend of
Justin's, is quick to make a connection between these killings, but fails to
connect them all to vampirism, instead blames it all on voodoo & tries to
pin it on Lisa - not successfully though. But he asks Justin to help him in the
investigations, & hew soon comes up with vampires - much to the amusement
of everyone else ... at first.
Lisa meanwhile is asked to sit by Gloria's
coffin, but when she does so ... Gloria rises & tries to get her fangs into
Lisa's throat - but then Blacula appears, chasing Gloria off & confessing
to Lisa that he desperately needs her.
But why, you may ask, would a vampire
need a voodoo priestess ?
He wants to be released of his curse to be human
again ... & Lisa agrees to help him. But when they are at the ceremony to
exorcise Blacula from his curse, Justin, the Sheriff & his cops - all of
whom Justin has finally convinced of the existence of vampires - show up,
stakes in hand, destroy all of Blacula's vampire brood & interrupt the
exorcism before it is completed.
In anger & despair, Blacula turns into
exactly the monster he wanted to rid himself of, furiously striking at anything
that moves ... & in the end, Lisa, who promised to save him, kills him.
Blacula fell somewhat short of
fullfilling our worst expectations, its sequel delivers in full swing,
presenting a suave centuries old vampire meeting jive-talking youngsters in
garishly coloured flare shirts, having inane dialogue lines ("I don't mind
being a vampire & all that. But never being able to see my face again ...
Man !", "Where did you get those teeth ? Take this crap out of your
mouth !"), displaying the typical 70's-blaxploitation brand of cool, all
played to a soundtrack mix of urban funk & African drumming. This all makes
the film rather void of any horror elements as such - but it also makes it very