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Blacula (1972)

An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.

Director:

William Crain

Writers:

Joan Torres (screenplay), Raymond Koenig (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Marshall ... Blacula / Mamuwalde
Vonetta McGee ... Tina / Luva
Denise Nicholas ... Michelle
Thalmus Rasulala ... Dr. Gordon Thomas
Gordon Pinsent ... Lt. Jack Peters
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... Dracula
Emily Yancy Emily Yancy ... Nancy
Lance Taylor Sr. Lance Taylor Sr. ... Swenson
Ted Harris Ted Harris ... Bobby McCoy
Rick Metzler Rick Metzler ... Billy Schaffer
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Skillet (as Jitu Cumbuka)
Logan Field Logan Field ... Sgt. Barnes
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Juanita Jones
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Sam (as Elisha Cook)
Eric Brotherson Eric Brotherson ... Real Estate Agent
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Storyline

Blacula is the story of Mamuwalde, an African Prince. 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>

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Taglines:

Rising From the Echoing Corridors of Hell, An Awesome Being of the Supernatural - With Satanic Power of Sheer Dread. Chained Forever to a Slavery More Vile Than Any Before Endured... See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blacula - den sorte vampyr See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,180,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The group performing in the club is The Hues Corporation, best known for their 1974 hit song "Rock the Boat." See more »

Goofs

In the opening fight scene, some candles are knocked out of a candelabra on the table only to return in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Waitress: [to Mamuwalde] Hi! What'll you have?
Mamuwalde: Make it a Bloody Mary.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure an 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 1998 when the film was granted an '15' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Featured in Movie Macabre: Blacula (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

There He Is Again
Performed by The Hues Corporation
Written by Wally Holmes
Produced by Wally Holmes and Norman Ratner
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Pure Marketing Genius
30 December 2002 | by stuart321See all my reviews

At the time of Blacula's release, studios such as American International and Hammer were pumping out cheap horror flicks for an ever-thirsting legion of young fans (myself included). At the same time, blaxploitation films were also making big bank . . . so why not combine the two genres? It was pure marketing genius, backed by some of the biggest box office of 1972. The great Shakespearean actor William Marshall (Dr. Daystrom to you original Star Trek fans) plays the tormented African prince magnificently; asleep for 200 years, he awakes to find an African-American culture riddled with blaxploitation cliches. It's bad enough such a dignified man has the hunger -- he also has to deal with these people in giant heels and 'fros. The juxtaposition works as a statement about what slavery did to African culture, but is never overtly mentioned. . .after all, this is a horror flick too! Extra points for a musical appearance by The Hughes Corporation (before their big hit, "Rock the Boat") and a fine supporting performance by Denise Nicholas, a wonderful actress who should have had a bigger career. More silly than scary, Blacula endures as a unique film and pop-culture time capsule worth seeing.


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