Blu-ray Review: Blacula / Scream Blacula Scream [Double Feature]
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Director: William Crain
Screenwriters: Raymond Koenig, Joan Torres
Cast: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Gordon Pinsent, Charles Macaulay, Thalmus Rasulala
Scream Factory
Rated PG | 92 Minutes
Release Date: March 3, 2015

“Warm, young bodies will feed his hunger, and hot, fresh blood his awful thirst!”

Directed by William Crain (Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde), Blacula was one of the top grossing films of 1972. The blaxploitation horror flick was also the first film to receive an award for Best Horror Film at the Saturn Awards.

After 1971’s one-two punch of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song and Shaft, the blaxploitation genre erupted in 1972 with films like Super Fly, Across 110th Street, Black Mama, White Mama, Slaughter, and Trouble Man.

And then there’s Blacula, a low-budget American International Pictures mash-up of blaxploitation and horror. Instead of a haunting orchestral score, the soundtrack by Gene Page utilizes soul, funk, and rhythm and blues to capture the inner-city vibe of ’70s Los Angeles.

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Streaming Review: Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown
Netflix | Amazon | Hulu | iTunes | Vudu | Xbox | YouTube
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro
Miramax Films
Originally Released: December 25, 1997

It was with great sadness to learn that Elmore Leonard died this week. The great American novelist contributed some thorough and comprehensive work that was both engrossing and entertaining. From 3:10 to Yuma to Get Shorty to Out Of Sight, many of the author’s publications got the movie treatment, some with mixed results.

In tribute to the writer, I decided this week to look at Quentin Tarantino‘s adaptation of the phenomenal book Rum Punch, retitled after the primary central character Jackie Brown.

Before jumping into the review, the first thing that I want to point out concerning Jackie Brown is the amazing soundtrack Tarantino uses for the movie. While the director has a reputation for outstanding music selection in his films, for me, Jackie Brown always stood out in many ways.

Not only does the music reflect the plot, the characters, and the setting magnificently – the movie also introduced me to some of the finest soul, funk, and R&B I’ve ever come across; and being a music addict, I have a somewhat sentimental attachment to Jackie Brown. For me, the soundtrack is so meticulously focused; it is reason enough for viewing the movie alone.

But Jackie Brown has so much more to offer than just the tunes.

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Watch This Red Band Trailer For RZA’s Kung-Fu Flick ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’
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A lot of The Man with The Iron Fists is based on RZA‘s undying fascination with classic kung-fu films. The first trailer gave us an idea of what to expect from the musician turned director. The film looks like it will be a blood splatter good time, but what about the other characters? Well, a new red-band trailer gives us a semi-prolific look at the heroes and villains of the story. Check it out below.

RZA will be playing the hero or, as the trailer likes to call him, the Blacksmith, the man who forges iron fists with his own bare hands. Then there’s Russell Crowe, whose characteristics live up to the name Jack Knife. Other characters’ are appropriately named based on their attributes or the weapons they use.

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