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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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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 »


Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1780 and 1972. See more »

Goofs

When Gordon and Jack arrive at the hospital where they confront the vampire woman taxi driver, it's the dead of night with no hint of sunrise. When Gordon opens the blinds, it's obviously still night, with only orange streetlight coming through the window, yet the woman screams and "dies", and Gordon says the sunlight killed her. Sunlight would have been much brighter. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Main Chance
by Billy Page and Gene Page
Sung by 21st Century Limited
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William Marshall lifted this film...
25 September 2004 | by Look_The_Other_WaySee all my reviews

...from the standards of Blaxploitation movies of the time. The movie itself is more comical than scary (which is why I love it), but William Marshall brought a sense of dignity to his role of Mamawalde. In fact, it was his idea to change the main character from a jive-talking Black vampire to a tormented former king with a rich and tragic past. In the end, you actually feel sorry for him. This is an underrated film that is much better than it's avertizements would suggest. Though it may not be the best vampire/horror flick in the world, and it takes liberty with historical facts (a slave trade in Transylvania?!) it does contain a rather touching love story. With that being said, I have to admit that this movie also contains some of the most hilarious dialogue I've heard in a monster movie.

"Hey, man, that's a baaad cape!"

"A bat! A BAT! A GIANT BAAAT!!"

"Hey, where's that big dude with the cape?......AAAAH!"

"Suddeny I find your Congnac to be as...distasteful as your manner!"

And a load of others that, for censorship reasons, I probably cannot repeat here.

I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to have a spooky, retro good time.


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