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Blacula (1972)

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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 ... Gordon Thomas
Gordon Pinsent ... Lt. Peters
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... Dracula
Emily Yancy Emily Yancy ... Nancy
Lance Taylor Sr. Lance Taylor Sr. ... Swenson
Ted Harris Ted Harris ... Bobby
Rick Metzler Rick Metzler ... Billy
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Skillet (as Jitu Cumbuka)
Logan Field Logan Field ... Barnes
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Juanita
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Sam (as Elisha Cook)
Eric Brotherson Eric Brotherson ... Real Estate Agent
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Storyline

An 18th century African statesman is transformed into a vampire, cursed with the name Blacula, and entombed in Dracula's Castle after he fails to convince the Count to support him in his cause to end the slave trade. Two hundred years later, a pair of interior decorators transport his coffin to L.A. where he awakes with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. As Blacula pursues a woman who resembles his long dead wife, her brother-in-law, a pathologist, investigates the string of carnage that follows in the vampire's wake. Written by Molly Rose Steed

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Warm, young bodies will feed his hunger, and hot, fresh blood his awful thirst! See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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

Referenced in Meet the Blacks (2016) 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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Groovy blacksploitation classic.
30 April 2006 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

In 1780,African Prince Mamuwalde visits the castle of Count Dracula in Transylvania seeking his support in ending the slave trade.Dracula curses his noble guest,murders his wife and transforms Mamuwalde into a vampire,imprisoning him in a coffin to suffer the unending thirst of the damned.Released nearly two centuries later by a pair of homosexual interior decorators,Mamuwalde emerges as Blacula,a vampire with a strong urge to kill.On a nightly quest for human blood he meets and fells in love with Tina,the woman who reminds him his long time dead wife..."Blacula" is a campy and enjoyable horror flick.William Marshall is perfect as a lonely and sympathetic vampire Blacula.The acting is fine and there are some nice scares including slow-motion attack on Sam,the morgue attendant.Overall,"Blacula" is an ultimately satisfying blacksploitation flick that is surely destined to be a cult classic.8 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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