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Advertised as the 100th production of American International studios, Blacula stars actor/singer William Marshall in the title role. An 18th century African prince, Blacula is transmogrified into a vampire while visiting Transylvania. Two centuries later, he rises from his coffin to wreak havoc in the Watts district of Los Angeles. Blacula's particular target is Tina (Vonetta McGee), whom he thinks is the reincarnation of his long-ago lady love. Thalmus Rasulala assumes the "Van Helsing" role as
Aug 25, 1972 Wide
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William Marshall portrays title role with a flourish and gets first rate support right down the line.
The film remains a lifeless reworking of heroes versus vampires with soul music and a couple of good gags.
Anybody who goes to a vampire movie expecting sense is in serious trouble, and Blacula offers less sense than most.
William Marshall brings considerable nobility to the lead role - no mean feat when you've got patches of hair glued all over your face and keep turning into a giant bat.
It's redeemed somewhat by a cool soul soundtrack and a lead performance by the classically-trained Marshall, who displays a reverence for his iconic role that the filmmakers could have heeded.
best of the horror blaxploitation genre
A terrible blaxploitation angle on the classic Dracula story
An unburied treasures for those of us who love bad film. It's a horror film thematically, and politically and aesthetically, too.
Contrived and a pain in the neck, yes...but what a concept!
Has some genuinely scary moments.
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