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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

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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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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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

When the policeman is slammed into the wall of the alley by Blacula , if you look closely, you can see dirt on the back of the cop's jacket beforehand, indicating a previous take. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Jack Peters: Who the hell would want a dead faggot?
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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

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There He Is Again
Performed by The Hues Corporation
Written by Wally Holmes
Produced by Wally Holmes and Norman Ratner
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User Reviews

 
William Marshall is a very good vampire...
21 January 2004 | by kent-like-whatSee all my reviews

When you consider the fact that this movie was saddled with a low budget, a title that--while certainly apropos--is essentially a punch line, and all the constraints that low budget-dom entail... this is a pretty good movie. William Marshall is very good (the 'this will be your tomb' line is delivered as convincinly as any Chris Lee utterance) and was certainly worthy of the role of Bl(Dr)acula. The era of the film provides its own fun. 7/10. The sequel is better on all counts: more scary, campy, funny, visually interesting and sexy.


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