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Jordan Peele’s Second Act: How the ‘Key & Peele’ Comedy Star Became a Bonafide Horror Director With ‘Get Out’

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Jordan Peele’s Second Act: How the ‘Key & Peele’ Comedy Star Became a Bonafide Horror Director With ‘Get Out’
Jordan Peele’s latest career incarnation could have been fodder for “Key & Peele,” the hit Comedy Central sketch show in which he and Keegan-Michael Key skewered modern racial issues. But Peele wrote had written a horror movie about race, and it needed a director. That created a challenge: After William Crain (“Blacula”), Bill Gunn (“Ganja & Hesse”), and Ernest Dickerson (“Bones,” “The Walking Dead”), how many black horror directors can you name? (The savviest genre fans out there might also remember James Bond III, very much a real person, who directed “Def By Temptation” 27 years ago.)

Needless to say, it was slim pickings. “I first pitched this as a movie no one would make,” Peele said. “About halfway through writing the script, I realized I was the only person who could direct it.”

However, Peele’s feature directing debut, “Get Out,” also brings him into the rarified class of horror directors
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Catalog From The Beyond: Abby (1974)

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The 1970s were a very interesting time for genre fare. Independent, low-budget horror was spreading through “exploitation” flicks meant to draw viewers in with promises of violence, nudity, and a variety of other visceral thrills that often came at the price of other luxuries like plot structure, acting, and production value. From this burgeoning grindhouse scene sprang an even more interesting phenomenon, the “blaxploitation” wave. Blaxploitation, particularly horror blaxploitation, focused on film tropes through the lens of black culture.

Those familiar with blaxploitation are likely aware of William Marshall, but they probably know him by another name: Blacula, aka “Dracula’s Soul Brother.” Blacula is one of the most well-known characters of blaxploitation cinema, due largely to what Marshall brought to the role. Despite what on its surface could be considered a silly premise, Marshall managed to bring some pathos to the proceedings, insisting that his character be an African
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Sheba, Baby | Blu-ray Review

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Strangely enough, Pam Grier’s last Blaxploitation feature, 1975’s Sheba, Baby, would be the title to introduce her to a much wider audience thanks to its PG rating. Though undoubtedly adult in theme, it’s a kittenish exercise compared to the violence, gratuitous sex, and shameless taken-for-granted racist and misogynistic antics of earlier efforts. Its classification as the final chapter of Grier’s Blaxploitation days is also sort of a misnomer, since this refers to the last time she’d don her famous persona as an action star in pursuit of a more serious career, heading into Drum (a sequel to the infamous Mandingo), starring opposite Richard Pryor in Greased Lightning, and even a Ray Bradbury adaptation in Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983). But 1975 was one of several sterling years for Grier, headlining three films, though none of them would eventually reach the same iconicity as the prior year’s
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Blacula

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Blaxploitation films burst onto the scene in 1971 with the huge success of Gordon Park’s Shaft. By 1972, audiences were clamoring for more, and filmmakers and studios were keen to jump on the bandwagon. While most of the majors were focusing on the Shaft formula of hot chicks and cool Dicks, American International Pictures saw a void that no one had filled yet: the black horror film. And so, with as little money as they usually invested, they sent forth into the world Blacula (1972), and wouldn’t you know it? Audiences loved it.

Just don’t call it Blaxploitation—because it isn’t. Blacula, surprisingly, showcases little of the developing tropes already established by Shaft. There is no "jive" talk, no gratuitous nudity or overwhelming violence. And I say "surprisingly", because it would have been so easy (not to mention profitable) to follow the formula set in motion by Shaft, Superfly,
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Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

It's back and better than ever -- the makers of Pee-Wee's Playhouse capped their Saturday morning show with a Christmas Special to end all Christmas Specials. All the show's regular characters, special treats and creative extravagances are enhanced with a tall stack of celebrity guests, performers and walk-ons -- it's a 1988 time capsule. Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special Blu-ray Shout! Factory 1988 / Color / 1:33 flat / 49 min. / Christmas at Pee-Wee's Playhouse / Street Date October 6, 2015 / 19.97 Starring Paul Reubens, Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Little Richard, Cher, Del Rubio Triplets, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Charo, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Carlson, Ric Heitzman, Suzanne Kent, William Marshall, George Mcgrath, S. Epatha Merkerson, Alison Mork, John Paragon, Lynne Marie Stewart, Vic Trevino. Cinematography David Lewis Film Editor Billy Fox Original Music Van Dyke Parks Written by John Paragon, Paul Reubens Produced by Steve Binder Directed by Wayne Orr,
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March 3rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Blacula / Scream, Blacula, Scream Double Feature, Exterminators of the Year 3000

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For the first week of March, the genre home entertainment releases are on the lighter side with Scream Factory reigning supreme as the champions of cult horror once again with two killer Blu-ray titles debuting Tuesday: Exterminators of the Year 3000 and the Blacula / Scream, Blacula, Scream double release.

Blacula / Scream, Blacula, Scream (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

The eternally cool William Marshall puts a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the Earth with an insatiable lust for blood in these riveting Blaxploitation classics.

In 1780, African Prince Mamuwalde (Marshall) pays a visit to Count Dracula in Transylvania, seeking his support in ending slave trade. Instead, the evil count curses his noble guest and transforms him into a vampire! Released from his coffin nearly two centuries later by a pair of luckless interior decorators, Mamuwalde emerges as "Blacula, ", one strange dude strollin’ the streets of L.A.
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Fright At Home: March 3Rd -Blacula, The Captive, and some Italian Post-Apoc Greatness!

It’s a great day for DVD/Bluray when it comes to horror (and another genre or two), and with Fright At Home, we like to highlight some of the titles that for one reason or another, we feel that we would like to give you fright fanatics a heads’ up on. This week sees multiple releases from Scream Factory, Lionsgate and Cinedigm, as well as others, but we’ve singled out some highlights to shine the proverbial flashlight on. Read on!

Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream (Dir. William Crane, Bob Kelljan)

Easily the standout release of the week, as far as I’m concerned, Scream Factory’s Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream double feature Bluray debut is a one-two punch of two of the coolest vampire movies around. Somewhat light on the supplemental end, but definitely worth picking up, you won’t find a vampire who takes less crap from his
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[Home Invasion] New Blu-ray Releases For March 3Rd, 2015

Here are your new releases for March 3rd, 2015:

Blacula / Scream Blacula Scream. Shout Factory. 1972-1973.

The eternally cool William Marshall puts a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the Earth with an insatiable lust for blood in these riveting Blaxploitation classics. In 1780, African Prince Mamuwalde (Marshall) pays a visit to Count Dracula in Transylvania, seeking his support in ending slave trade. Instead, the evil count curses his noble guest and transforms him into a vampire! Released from his coffin nearly two centuries later by a pair of luckless interior decorators, Mamuwalde emerges as “Blacula, “, one strange dude strollin’ the streets of L.A. on a nightly quest for human blood! Blacula lives! The scintillating sequel, Scream, Blacula, Scream, pits voodoo power against vampire fury! Willis Daniels (Richard Lawson), the son of a late high priestess, seeks revenge on the cultists who have chosen
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Video Round-Up: Exterminators of the Year 3000, Blacula & Scream, Blacula, Scream Blu-rays

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An 18th century prince-turned-vampire awakens in 1970s Los Angeles and discovers his new digs are brimming with fresh necks in need of chomping. Elsewhere, in the dystopian future, a war is waged Mad Max-style for the most precious resource: water. On March 3rd, viewers can dive into the cinematic worlds of Blacula, Scream, Blacula, Scream, and Exterminators of the Year 3000 with Scream Factory's Blu-ray releases of the trio, with the former two coming together on a double feature. Ramping up anticipation and teasing the high-definition upgrades are a batch of clips and trailers from all three movies:

Exterminators of the Year 3000:

"In a post-apocalyptic future where the earth is a desert and water is the most precious substance of all, a band of survivors must turn to a mysterious stranger to battle a ruthless gang of motorcycle psychos for control of the wasteland and the water. A glorious crash of guns,
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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus: Spike Lee Finds Originality in a Remake

In 1973, the production company Kelly-Jordan Enterprises sought to fund a group of relatively inexpensive features, one being a blaxploitation vampire film in an attempt to reproduce the success of the previous year’s Blacula. When playwright Bill Gunn was initially pitched the idea, he balked, but later grew intrigued by the potential for using vampirism as a metaphor for addiction. Gunn’s film, Ganja & Hess, bore a uniquely elegiac dream structure, with its hypnotic images, arthouse sensibility, and cyclical music cues resembling something worlds away from William Marshall’s broadly comic take on Dracula. Concerned with themes of desire, self-destruction, and the tensions between cultural history and assimilation, Gunn created an image of black vampirism that refused to be a novelty or gimmick, manifested in a style of filmmaking that rejected token categorization. Baffled, the production company didn’t know what to do with Gunn’s film despite its positive reception at Cannes. Kelly-Jordan
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Blaxploitation Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream Double Threat

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Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream

Blaxploitation Classics Make Their Blu-ray Debuts

March 3rd, 2015 in a Scream Factory Double Feature

The eternally cool William Marshall puts a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the Earth with an insatiable lust for blood in the riveting Blaxploitation classics Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream. Available on March 3rd, 2015 for the first time on Blu-ray, the double feature … Continue reading →

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Scream Factory Sinks Teeth into Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream Double Feature Blu-ray

They’re known as Blaxpolitation horror classics, and they’re coming home to Blu-ray for the very first time. Read on for complete release details about Scream Factory’s Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream double feature Blu-ray! The eternally cool William Marshall puts… Continue Reading →

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Blu-ray Release Details for Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream

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Scream Factory has more two dozen new titles as part of their 2015 Blu-ray slate, but the Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream double feature are on the top of my list. Due out on March 3rd, we have official release details for the William Marshall-starring Blaxploitation classics:

“The eternally cool William Marshall puts a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the Earth with an insatiable lust for blood in the riveting Blaxploitation classics Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream. Available on March 3rd, 2015 for the first time on Blu-ray, the double feature release also includes features a brand-new audio commentary track by author/film historian/filmmaker David F. Walker and a new interview with actor Richard Lawson (Scream, Blacula, Scream). Fans can pre-order their copies by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Set in 1780, Blacula is the tale of African Prince Mamuwalde (Marshall), who pays a visit to Count Dracula in Transylvania,
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The Bottom Shelf: Dracula, Blacula, and Troma on Demand

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What new horrors await us on DVD this month? Well, lots of bloodsuckers, for starters...

As the old Simpsons quote goes, there are only three real monsters, kid: Dracula, Blacula and Son of Kong. Sadly, giant gorilla junior doesn’t make an appearance this month though we’ve at least got the first two categories covered.

Leading the way with aplomb, our friend Blacula finally graces this young blog with not one but two classics released on Blu-ray and DVD as a complete collection. In case you’re not familiar with this wonderful splicing of seventies Blaxploitation and gothic horror (shame on you if so), the tale of undead African prince Mamuwalde and his ongoing struggle with both his own bloodlust and pesky locals trying to stake him through the heart is both surprisingly well-made and massively enjoyable. Oh, and its success also led to the subsequent release of Blackenstein,
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‘Blacula: The Complete Collection’ Blu-ray Review

Urban action and fatal attraction give rise to a groove from beyond the grave in this funkadelic, fangadelic blaxploitation double-bill from Eureka Entertainment, which sees the eternally cool William Marshall put a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the earth with an insatiable lust for blood as Blacula.

Produced at the height of the blaxploitation era, the Blacula movies are the perfect blend of genre and social film making, the types of which hadn’t been seen before… or since!

Blacula (1972)

Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala, Gordon Pinsent, Charles Macaulay, Emily Yancy, Ted Harris, Rick Metzler | Written by Joan Torres, Raymond Koenig | Directed by William Crain

In 1780, African Prince Mamuwalde (Marshall) pays a visit to Count Dracula in Transylvania, seeking his support in ending the slave trade. Instead, the evil count curses his noble guest and transforms him into a vampire!
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Blu-ray Review – Blacula – The Complete Collection

Martin Carr reviews Blacula – The Complete Collection…

18th Century prince Mamuwalde (William Marshall) is invited to meet Count Dracula (Charles Macaulay) to gain support for the abolitionist movement. In the midst of a heated debate it is revealed Dracula is an advocate of slavery, wishing to take Mamuwalde’s wife for his bride. Expressing his anger Mamuwalde lashes out at Dracula who lays a horrific bloodlust upon his guest and condemns his wife Luva to eternal damnation. Chained in a coffin for two centuries Mamuwalde emerges from his confinement back in Los Angeles. In an era of bell bottom flares,sharp suits and Seventies psychedelic fashions Blacula is unleashed to feed…

Forty two years after the term ‘Blaxploitation’ was coined and came to define a film movement, Eureka Entertainment release two unique examples on DVD and Blu-ray. Blacula and Scream Blacula Scream made in 72’ and 73’ tapped into the lucrative horror market,
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Scream Factory Announces Blacula / Scream, Blacula, Scream Double Feature Blu-ray

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Scream Factory is on a blood-sucking blitz. Hot on the heels of announcing Love at First Bite and Once Bitten Blu-rays to come out near Valentine’s Day, the diligent distributor has now revealed they are bringing Blacula and its sequel, Scream, Blacula, Scream to Blu-ray for the first time in February, adding to the month’s fanged fiend theme.

Both 1972’s Blacula and 1973’s Scream, Blacula, Scream star William Marshall in the sharp-toothed titular role, with the iconic Pam Grier as Lisa Fortier in the sequel. Extras have not been revealed at this time, but are likely cooking in the cauldron. Here’s the official announcement from Scream Factory on Facebook:

“- In Feb, a blood-sucking double feature of guilty pleasures Blacula and its sequel Scream, Blacula Scream from the 70s will bare their fangs on blu-ray for the first time too in the U.S. and Canada. Both
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Scream Factory Announces Handful of Upcoming Titles Featuring Vampires, Spader and Punks!

As if we weren’t excited enough about Scream Factory‘s upcoming lineup of titles making their Bluray debuts, the gang at Sf have decided to make horror fans’ mouths water even more, with a handful of announcements regarding even More upcoming titles set to be unleashed in the near future. Not only do we get an update on the final release date on Sf’s Vault Of Horror/Tales From The Crypt double feature, but it’s official that Voh will be the uncut version!

Personally, I’m a fan of most of the films in the announcements, so obviously I’ll be jumping at them when they hit. The amount of times I watched Once Bitten as a kid is in the triple digit amount, so the announcement of the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double is enough to make me smile from ear to ear. I
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Eureka Announces Winter 2014 Slate: Thief Of Bagdad, Les Miserables, Intolerance, Blacula & More!

Eureka Entertainment unveiled its slate of upcoming titles for the fourth quarter of 2014 earlier today, and it's a magnificent selection of additions to their Masters of Cinema series, as well as a fang-tastic blaxploitation boxset to join their growing selection of Eureka Classics.October sees the release of Fellini's little-known masterpiece I Clowns and Suzuki Seijun's yakuza classic Youth Of The Beast both join the Masters of Cinema series in stacked dual-format releases. Also that month, Blacula - The Complete Collection hits the shelves just in time for Hallowe'en. 1972's Blacula and its sequel Scream Blacula Scream, both starring William Marshall, will be released together in a dual-format set on the company's burgeoning Eureka Classics label.In November and December, Masters of Cinema fans will be spoilt...

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Abby (1974) Review

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Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Abby (1974)

Director: William Girdler

Writers: William Girdler and Gordon Cornell Layne

Cast: William Marshall (Bishop Garnet Williams), Terry Carter (Rev. Emmett Williams), Austin Stoker (Det. Cass Potter), Carol Speed (Abby Williams), Juanita Moore (Miranda “Momma” Potter)

I pride myself on being a Blaxploitation fan, but I may have missed one of the high points in the genre. A good friend of mine and a trusted resource for solid film recommendations told me about this one. When I elaborate a little further about the cast and the plot, I almost need to turn in my Blaxploitation fan card. It’s almost unpardonable.

Abby” came out in 1974. It’s a story of possession that debuted a year after another possession story that maybe you heard of. It actually was taken out of circulation for several years because Warner Brothers sued American International Pictures for directly ripping off “The Exorcist”. Maybe,
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