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.


SKINNER
1993, MPI/Severin Films, 90 min, Dir: Ivan Nagy

Ted Raimi (XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS) delivers an unnerving performance as psycho drifter Dennis Skinner, who wears flesh-suits that he slices from his victims, falls for a lonely young housewife (Ricki Lake of HAIRSPRAY fame), and is himself hunted by a horribly scarred survivor (Traci Lords, in an equally unhinged performance). Featuring the most intensely graphic scenes yet by KNB EFX Group (THE WALKING DEAD), this remains perhaps the most disturbing – and rarely seen – shocker of the 1990s.


TALES FROM THE HOOD
1995, Universal, 98 min, USA, Dir: Rusty Cundieff

Chill or be chilled! Executive produced by Spike Lee, this horror anthology with an African-American focus centers on a mortician (a wonderfully creepy Clarence Williams III) who regales a trio of would-be drug dealers with tales of the deceased at his funeral home. Crooked cops, gangbangers and racist politicians rub shoulders in these four stories to create a highly entertaining mix of terror, humor and social commentary. The solid ensemble cast includes David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen and Joe Torry.


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