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Blacula (1972)

PG  |   |  Horror, Romance, Thriller  |  25 August 1972 (USA)
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An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.



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Release Date:

25 August 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blacula - den sorte vampyr  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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While the film was in its production stages, William Marshall worked with the producers to make sure his character had some dignity. His character's name was changed from Andrew Brown to Mamuwalde and received a background story about his being an African prince who had been turned into a vampire. See more »


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Dracula: You shall pay, black prince. I shall place a curse of suffering on you that will doom you to a living hell. I curse you with my name. You shall be... Blacula!
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About BLACULA...
10 June 2001 | by (WCW Special Forces) – See all my reviews

BLACULA has always been a favorite flick of mine. Two of my biggest intertests within pop culture are the "blaxploitation" film era and gothic subculture. BLACULA makes a perfect melding of these two genres. I also love the fact that it's unique to all other "blaxploitation" movies in the sense that it has a story with true backbone, and the film's main player, William Marshall, gets so into the role he plays and isn't just another Afro-American leading man that talks the lingo and prances around in a fur. He seems well-dignified and intelligent. I thoroughly enjoy this movie and recommend it highly.

And where the hell is the DVD??!!?

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