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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tina / Luva
Dr. Gordon Thomas
Lt. Jack Peters
Charles Macaulay ...
Emily Yancy ...
Lance Taylor Sr. ...
Ted Harris ...
Bobby McCoy
Rick Metzler ...
Billy Schaffer
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
Skillet (as Jitu Cumbuka)
Logan Field ...
Sgt. Barnes
Ketty Lester ...
Juanita Jones
Sam (as Elisha Cook)
Eric Brotherson ...
Real Estate Agent


Blacula is the story of Manuwalde, an African Prince. This movie presents a modern version of the classic Dracula story in a very chilling and inventive way. In 1780, after visiting Count Dracula, Manuwalde is turned into a vampire and locked in a coffin.. The scene shifts to 1972, when two antique collectors transport the coffin to Los Angeles. The two men open the coffin and unleash Blacula on the city of Los Angeles. Blacula soon finds Tina, who is his wife, Luva, reincarnated, and gains her love. Tina's friend, Dr. Gordon, discovers Blacula is a vampire and hunts him down. Written by Clint Poskozim <>

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Release Date:

25 August 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blacula - den sorte vampyr  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Denise Nicholas'. See more »


The film was set in Los Angeles, but a map of Staten Island (New York City) is hanging on the wall in the police station during a close-up shot of the Doctor meeting with the police. See more »


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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Written by Wally Holmes
Produced by Wally Holmes and Norman Ratner
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There is more to this film than meets the eye...
22 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Yeah, I know, it sounds ridiculous. There is, however, quite a lot beneath the hilarious surface of "Blacula." This is a unique take on the vampire legend. It is the first Dracula film I have seen in which the lead vampire is driven by rage, not by lust or blood lust. Blacula is a tragic figure, a man who is angry about his condition. One could even view this film as a microchosm of race and civil rights issues in the seventies. Yes, I know, that's pushing it. Oh, well, even if you don't go in for the sociological aspects of Blaxploitation horror, check this movie out. It's funny and campy--a great party movie. Also, believe it or not, there is a film called "Blackenstein" though I have been unable to find a cop

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