Review: ‘Blacula’

Count Dracula has a black counterpart. Following a prolog located in Transylvania (where else?), when Count Dracula places the vampire curse upon an African prince and condemns him to the realm of the undead, plot picks up in Los Angeles nearly two centuries later. A pair of interior decorators have purchased all the furnishings of Castle Dracula and shipped them to America, including the locked coffin in which Blacula is resting.

Count Dracula has a black counterpart. Following a prolog located in Transylvania (where else?), when Count Dracula places the vampire curse upon an African prince and condemns him to the realm of the undead, plot picks up in Los Angeles nearly two centuries later. A pair of interior decorators have purchased all the furnishings of Castle Dracula and shipped them to America, including the locked coffin in which Blacula is resting.

William Marshall portrays title role with a flourish and gets first rate support right down the line: Vonetta McGee, whom he believes to be his reincarnated wife; Thalmus Rasulala, a black doctor who hits upon mystery of the rash of murders in LA; and Gordon Pinsent, homicide lieutenant who learns the hard way that murders are the work of vampires.

Blacula

Production

American International. Director William Crain; Producer Joseph T. Naar; Screenplay Joan Torres, Raymond Koenig; Camera John Stevens; Editor Allan Jacobs; Music Gene Page; Art Director Walter Herndon

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

William Marshall Vonetta McGee Denise Nicholas Thalmus Rasulala Gordon Pinsent Charles McCauley

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