One of the movies I’ve decided to research is Blacula, directed by William Crain, and starring William Marshall as Blacula and Vonette McGee as Tina, his long lost companion. The other movie I chose to compare it to is Vampire in Brooklyn, directed by Wes Craven and starring Eddie Murphy as Maximilian, Det. Rita Veder played by Angela Bassett, and Det. Justice played by Allen Payne. Due to Blacula’s and Vampire in Brooklyn’s popularity, one would assume that these movies would in some way resemble each other. This is not entirely true in this case. Vampire in Brooklyn borrows a few small elements from Blacula, but as far as striving to be a Blacula remake; the movie does not attempt to do so. Directors Wes Craven and William Crain derived their storylines and overall ideas from the original story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu, and Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula.
Even though these movies have different interpretations of the vampire, they employ similar methods to assist in telling the story. In Blacula, the scene in which Blacula introduces himself to the descendant of his dead wife, Tina, for the second time they are in a club. There He Is Again by The Hues Corporation, plays in the background suggesting that she should be cautious of this mysterious individuals ulterior motives and “don’t let him follow through” (The Hues Corporation). The song continues to discuss how this mysterious man put this woman under a trance and is able to “read her mind, like an open book” and she begins to fall madly in love with him (The Hues Corporation). In the same way, Vampire in Brooklyn utilizes music to help strengthen the story. In the scene in which Det.s Rita and Justice go to Club Zeko to talk to Dr. Zeko, the band plays Stevie ...
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...hey have different opinions. The ideas and personality of Blacula and Maximilian stem from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Nosferatu but they end up being two completely different people.
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The Hues Corporation. There He Is Again. 1972. MP3.