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Bill Gunn (writer)
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The Devil wanted their souls...She wanted their bodies and more! See more »
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After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor's assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The Forgotten: The Addiction
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Duane Jones ... Dr. Hess Green
Marlene Clark ... Ganja Meda
Bill Gunn ... George Meda
Sam Waymon ... Rev. Luther Williams
Leonard Jackson ... Archie
Candece Tarpley ... Girl in Bar
Richard Harrow ... Dinner Guest
John Hoffmeister ... Jack Sargent
Betty Barney ... Singer in Church

Mabel King ... Queen of Myrthia
Betsy Thurman ... Poetess
Enrico Fales ... Dr. Green's Son
Tommy Lane ... Pimp
Tara Fields ... Woman with Baby
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Directed by
Bill Gunn 
 
Writing credits
Bill Gunn (writer)

Produced by
Jack Jordan .... executive producer
Quentin Kelly .... executive producer
Chiz Schultz .... producer
Joan Shikegawa .... associate producer (as Joan Shigekawa)
 
Original Music by
Sam Waymon 
 
Cinematography by
James E. Hinton 
 
Film Editing by
Victor Kanefsky 
 
Production Design by
Tom H. John  (as Tom John)
 
Costume Design by
Scott Barrie 
 
Makeup Department
Scott Cunningham .... makeup artist
Annie M. DeMille .... hair stylist (as Annie DeMille)
 
Production Management
Ed Dessisso .... production supervisor
Louis Pastore .... production manager (as Lou Pastore)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony B. Major .... assistant director (as Anthony Major)
 
Art Department
James Walker .... property master
 
Sound Department
Mike Lobel .... special audio effects
Ron Love .... sound
Bill Meredith .... sound assistant
Al Nahmias .... sound editor
Emil Neroda .... re-recording mixer
Emil Neroda .... re-recording
Vincent Stenerson .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Malcolm Drummond .... stunts
Tony King .... stunts
Tommy Lane .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Blackwell .... second cameraman
Thurman Faulk .... assistant camera
William W. Lister .... lighting director (as Bill Lister)
Dennis Murphy .... best boy
Rex North .... key grip
James Walker .... camera assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Celia Bryant .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Cynthia Castleman .... assistant editor
Samuel D. Pollard .... assistant editor (as Samuel Pollard)
 
Music Department
Edward Bland .... musical director (as Ed Bland)
Nadi Qamar .... musician: African instruments
 
Other crew
Janos Adams .... assistant to producer
Renoir Darrett .... script supervisor
Janis Klein .... production secretary
Scottie Lew .... production assistant
Lincoln Pasteur .... production assistant
Alan Skog .... production assistant
Roger Wall .... assistant to director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Black Vampire" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
110 min | USA:78 min (cut version)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Dolby 2.0)
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Nothing can survive the shadows., 15 July 2010
Author: lastliberal from United States

There are others that can talk about the symbolism in this film much better than I can. It was made for Black audiences, and I certainly won't try to describe what director Bill Gunn was trying to say.

This film effectively ended Bill Gunn's short career. He was supposed to make a Blaxploitation film like Blacula. He failed his producers by making an art film, which they chopped up and released under another name. This is the fully restored film with an amazingly beautiful score by Sam Waymon.

If you are looking for horror or blaxploitation, you came to the wrong place. This film was shown at Cannes - the only American entry that year - and received a standing ovation.

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