This movie would have been notable for its title even if the rest of it were 90 minutes of static. Coming at a time when it did, of the beginnings of so-called "Blacksploitation" movies, it still managed to set the perfect touch as one of the first movies aimed mainly at a black audience.
It's impossible to take this movie seriously. The over-acting and silly violence is not really scary to an adult, and it managed to not lean too heavily on the black cast as, well, just a black cast - the movie would clearly be equally silly were all the actors white. In fact a similar "horror"-but-really-campy movie of the same era, and about the same genre is "Trog" - another ultra-low budget production of the time. And were you to put these movies side by side, "Blacula" would probably be the much more watchable of the two.
Watch it if you want to see '70's unintentional camp, if you want to see a period piece of media in the relatively primitive 1970's, or if you are a fan of any of the actors for some reason (William Marshall's only other notable role seems to have been as the "king of cartoons" on "Pee-wee's playhouse" - I just KNEW I'd seen him again in something.)
Blacula is the story of Manuwalde, an African Prince. This movie presents a modern version of the classic Dracula story in a very chilling and inventive way. In 1780, after visiting Count Dracula, Manuwalde is turned into a vampire and locked in a coffin.. The scene shifts to 1972, when two antique collectors transport the coffin to Los Angeles. The two men open the coffin and unleash Blacula on the city of Los Angeles. Blacula soon finds Tina, who is his wife, Luva, reincarnated, and gains her love. Tina's friend, Dr. Gordon, discovers Blacula is a vampire and hunts him down.
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