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Director:
Writers:
Joan Torres (screenplay) and
Raymond Koenig (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 August 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Blacula! - Dracula's Soul Brother! See more »
Plot:
An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
One of the better "blaxploitation" horror films of the 70s See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Marshall ... Blacula

Vonetta McGee ... Tina

Denise Nicholas ... Michelle
Thalmus Rasulala ... Dr. Gordon Thomas

Gordon Pinsent ... Lt. Jack Peters
Charles Macaulay ... Dracula
Emily Yancy ... Nancy
Lance Taylor Sr. ... Swenson
Ted Harris ... Bobby McCoy
Rick Metzler ... Billy Schaffer
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Skillet (as Jitu Cumbuka)
Logan Field ... Sgt. Barnes
Ketty Lester ... Juanita Jones

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Sam (as Elisha Cook)
Eric Brotherson ... Real Estate Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Adolph Caesar ... Narrator of Theatrical Trailer (voice) (uncredited)
Leanna Johnson Heath ... Receptionist (uncredited)
The Hues Corporation ... Group Performing in Club (uncredited)
Jan Stratton ... Policewoman Kirby (uncredited)

David Westberg ... LA Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
William Crain 
 
Writing credits
Joan Torres (screenplay) and
Raymond Koenig (screenplay)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Joseph T. Naar .... producer
Norman T. Herman .... producer (uncredited)
Mark L. Rosen .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Gene Page (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
John M. Stephens (director of photography) (as John M. Stevens)
 
Film Editing by
Allan Jacobs 
 
Casting by
Joe Scully (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Walter Scott Herndon  (as Walter Herndon)
 
Makeup Department
Lola Kemp .... hairdresser
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (as Fred Phillips)
 
Production Management
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-production manager
Jack Bohrer .... production manager
Norman T. Herman .... executive production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Cook .... assistant director
 
Art Department
C. Randall Berkeley .... property master (as Ted Berkeley)
 
Sound Department
Dean Hodges .... boom man
Sam Horta .... effects editor
Charles T. Knight .... sound mixer (as Charles Knight)
 
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
 
Stunts
George Fisher .... stunt coordinator
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Gilhooly .... gaffer (as Lawrence Gilhooly)
John Kiser .... camera operator
Larry Milton .... key grip
Phil Segura .... stillman
Earl C. Williman .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ermon Sessions .... wardrobe man
Sandra Stewart .... wardrobe woman (as Sandy Stewart)
 
Editorial Department
Tom Neff Jr. .... assistant editor (as Tom Neff)
Bruce Schoengarth .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gene Page .... conductor
Al Simms .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Alan Falco .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Sandy Dvore .... title designer
Julian F. Myers .... publicity man
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
93 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (re-rating) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Film debut of Denise Nicholas'.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When one of Dracula's men grabs a vase and throws it at Mamuwalde's head, it clearly misses him, yet he is knocked out and has a bloody wound on his forehead.See more »
Quotes:
Waitress:[to Mamuwalde] Hi! What'll you have?
Mamuwalde:Make it a Bloody Mary.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Welcome to Eltingville (2002) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Gonna Get YouSee more »

FAQ

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
One of the better "blaxploitation" horror films of the 70s, 30 April 2000
Author: Casey-52 from DVD Drive-In

Given the cheesy title, any viewer would go into "Blacula" expecting a laughable blaxploitation flick. But in fact, not only is "Blacula" well-made, it ranks as one of the best vampire films of all time.

"Blacula" certainly doesn't age very well; the music, clothes, and Afros alone drive a stake into the movie's hip status! But the movie is a lot of fun to watch. William Marshall is a great vampire, with a suave deep voice and quite a brooding presence on screen. He definitely challenges Christopher Lee as most memorable screen vampire. Vonetta McGee and Denise Nicholas provide screams and a love interest and both became very popular in the blaxploitation film industry. I loved them both!!! Everyone else in the cast does a rather good job; one noteworthy bit part is Ketty Lester as the cabbie Juanita Jones. She is great and is only on-screen (alive, that is) for a few minutes! She, too, would continue in a prosperous blaxploitation career!

The Hues Corporation ("Rock the Boat") provide some pretty good music in a club; their three songs and the "Blacula" theme song are good excuses for buying the soundtrack CD! Overall, "Blacula" does deliver the goods. It's got some nice campy parts (jive talk, the forementioned Afros and fashions), but is also filled with hair-raising scare scenes (Juanita Jones attacking the undertaker Elisha Cook, Jr., the warehouse filled with vampires). The ending is certainly a surprise and finishes off a great moviegoing experience. Skip "Blackenstein" and get this, it is certainly worth any horror fan/psychotronic fan's money!

P.S., The term "Blaxploitation" does not mean the exploitation of black actors/actresses, it means advertising schemes exploiting the fact that black people are in the films to lure black moviegoers into the theatres!

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