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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 <Kuest000@aol.com>
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 »
Part of the plot hinges on the fact that Mamuwalde's image does not show up in a photograph and its negative, but he and other vampires in the film cast obvious shadows. See more »
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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The Dracula legend has been around for some time and has been the subject of countless book, film, television and other adaptations since. The most famous of course is the 1931 Universal picture, a film that has influenced many other films, but has never been fully copied by one. Such is the case with this film, a part of the blaxploitation film movement of the 1970s, which has some obvious links with the original story, but also is it's own film. Unsurprisingly it was not a favorite with critics, but has developed a following since it's release which led to a sequel and a slew of imitators. But the original stands on top as the creme of the crop.
Pros: Performances are good. Some really effective scares. Fast-paced. Plenty of camp value. Nice production design in the Transylvania scenes. Though dated, the music is solid and really helps in the creepiest moments. Some decent optical and make-up effects in the last 15 minutes that have held up well.
Cons: Terribly dated by now. Full of vampire movie clichés. Some will be offended by the political incorrectness.
Final thoughts: This was definitely a favorite of mine as a kid and to be seeing it years later as an adult is a different, but still rewarding experience. It's no masterpiece by any means, but it's a fun spin of the vampire legend that's far more interesting and entertaining than some recent undead flicks. And the scares still work, which is good for such a film that seems so campy today.
My rating: 3.5/5
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