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Blacula
     

Blacula

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Director: William Crain

Cast: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas

 

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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

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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 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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Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
Bram Stoker's vampire legend has proven a reliable cinematic source over the years, but never has an undead bloodsucker seethed with soul as convincingly as William Marshall in 1972's Blacula. This American International blaxploitation classic, directed by TV journeyman William Crain, casts Marshall as an African prince, Mamuwalde. In the late 18th century, Mamuwalde travels to Transylvania to meet with Count Dracula (Charles McCauley) about stopping the slave trade, only to wind up under Drac's spell while his lovely wife, Luva (Vonetta McGee), is sealed in a chamber to die. The film then jumps ahead to the 1970s in Los Angeles, where two interior decorators have taken control of the Count's estate, coffins and all, including the prince, who awakens and sets off after the reincarnation of his former bride. Despite the film's tongue-in-cheek approach, Marshall makes Mamuwalde both wicked and sympathetic, a complicated genre hero oppressed into immortality by the Man. As forensic investigator Dr. Gordon Thomas, Thalmus Rasulala interprets the von Helsing role as John Shaft with a silver bullet: His appeal translated into other plum roles, most memorably the lead in 1972's Cool Breeze. With a groovy score by Gene Page and the Hues Corporation, Blacula is at once funny and frightening, a standout effort both among its blaxploitation brethren and horror films in general. Marshall returned to star with Pam Grier in 1973's below-par sequel Scream, Blacula, Scream.
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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
UPC:
0883904126324
Original Release:
1972
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Sales rank:
49,207

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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 Sam
Emily Yancy Nancy
Lance Taylor Swenson
Ted Harris Bobby
Rick Metzler Billy
Logan Field Barnes
Ketty Lester Juanita
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Skillet

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 Stevens Cinematographer
Sandra Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Joan Torres Screenwriter

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Blacula 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
horribly bad! not even amusing as cheesy guilty pleasure. Don't waste your time and money