BLACULA
1972, Park Circus , 93 min, Dir: William Crain

When the charitable Prince Mamuwalde (William Marshall) travels through 18th century Transylvania, a fated run-in with the one-and-only Count Dracula damns him for all eternity. It isn’t until a century later, that he suddenly finds himself in 1970s Los Angeles, where he must balance his infatuation with a woman, whom he believes to be his wife reincarnate (Vonetta McGee), with an insatiable taste for blood. The first and perhaps most enduring Blaxploitation horror film of the early 1970s, BLACULA tells the tragic story of a good-natured man’s transformation into a blood-sucking undead killer.


THE WITCHES
1990, Warner Bros., 91 min, UK/USA, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother vacation at an English seaside resort, only to discover that witches have gathered there with a plot to turn all the children in England into mice. Though often encased in prosthetics, Anjelica Huston is clearly having a wonderful time playing the Grand High Witch; Rowan Atkinson also offers a delightful turn as the resort manager. This big-screen adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's novel was the final film Muppet magician Jim Henson worked on before his death.


MARY POPPINS RETURNS
2018, Walt Disney Studios, 130 min, Dir: Rob Marshall

Set in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written), this all-new musical and sequel follows the next generation of the Banks family and their practically perfect nanny. Michael (Ben Whishaw) is now a grown man with three children of his own and a temporary job with the same financial institution that employed his father. With the tough economic times and the recent death of Michael’s wife, the Banks home is in a constant state of chaos and the children are burdened with far too many adult responsibilities. Sending the already frazzled Michael into a further tailspin is the news that foreclosure proceedings have begun on the house. Fortunately, the wind begins to change as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) enters their lives once again to take the Banks family on a series of whimsical adventures and bring life, love and laughter back into their home. Co-starring Julie Walters, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dick Van Dyke.


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