Friday, August 24, 2012

The Flesh Prince of L.A.

No mere shill just collecting his check,
Our big Bill chills with soul -- unlike Schreck
He's both scary and brown,
A true heir to the crown
Who will drill two small holes in your neck.

Surly Hack and David Cairns

William H. Marshall brought gravitas and bearing to the African prince turned vampire in Blacula (1972) and Scream Blacula Scream (1973). Actor Max Shreck played the first take on Dracula 50 years earlier in Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922). Thanks to David Cairns for all his great limericks these past two weeks. Be sure to read David's Shadowplay for articles on the many backwaters of film history, such as this take on the blaxploitationer The House on Skull Mountain.

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