Blacula

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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 the vampire hunter ...
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Overview

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 the vampire hunter who can't convince the authorities to cooperate. Yes, that is the same William Marshall who later played "The King of Cartoons" on TV's Pee-wee's Playhouse. A sequel, Scream, Blacula, Scream!, appeared not long after.
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Editorial Reviews

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This crossbreed of horror and blaxploitation is better than its campy title might lead one to believe. The conceit of a vampire dubbed Blacula is a bit silly and the film suffers from the occasional bit of awkward humor the bits with the two homosexual interior decorators are the most squirm-inducing, but Joan Torres and Raymond Koenig's script keeps things moving at a fast clip and generates some genuine chills. The scare factor is further enhanced by effective direction from William Crain; although he is periodically hampered by the film's low budget, he manages to craft some genuinely atmospheric and chilling moments. The standouts in this area include a confrontation between the police and Blacula's minions in their warehouse lair and the film's tragic yet poetic final moments. However, the film's key attribute is a stunning performance from William Marshall as the title character; he brings a magnetic presence to the role that makes it fascinating to watch, and his deeply felt portrayal gives the film an emotional weight it might have otherwise lacked. To sum up, Blacula is a solid horror programmer with plenty of appeal for both horror and blaxploitation fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • UPC: 883904126324
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Marshall Blacula
Vonetta McGee Tina
Denise Nicholas Michelle
Thalmus Rasulala Gordon Thomas
Gordon Pinsent Lt. Peters
Eric Brotherson Real-Estate Agent
Charles McCauley Dracula
Elisha Cook Jr. Sam
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Skillet
Logan Field Barnes
Ted Harris Bobby
Ketty Lester Juanita
Rick Metzler Billy
Lance Taylor Sr. Swenson
Emily Yancy Nancy
Technical Credits
William Crain Director
Samuel Z. Arkoff Producer
Roger George Special Effects
Walter Scott Herndon Art Director
Wally Holmes Songwriter
Allan Jacobs Editor
Charles D. Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Raymond Koenig Screenwriter
Joseph T. Naar Producer
Gene Page Score Composer
John M. Stephens Cinematographer
John Stevens Cinematographer
John Stevens Cinematographer
Sandra Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Joan Torres Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so bad we couldn't tolerate more than 10 minutes, then gave up

    horribly bad! not even amusing as cheesy guilty pleasure. Don't waste your time and money

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