An absolute hoot from start to finish, this Blaxploitation riff on Bram Stoker's seminal Gothic horror has William Marshall's African Prince unintentionally offending the original Count Dracula, consequently becoming the titular vampire and running amok in 1970s LA. The 1973 follow-up 'Scream Blacula Scream' sees the Count resurrected through the power of voodoo; notable only for its casting of the classy Pam Grier, this is a lame and pointless sequel.
The of their times 'Not so special' effects and hammy performances ensure these films' status as camp classics; this is somewhat ironic as the films were originally designed to be serious Blaxploitation horror flicks.
The DVD includes the original theatrical trailers, which includes all the 'best' bits from the films - so don't make the mistake of watching this first!
70s cult classics that you can never work out whether it purposely plays for laughs of whether it was a serious take on the dracula/vampire myth. Either way there are some funny moments, but more laughing from absurdity of the 70s banter, fashions and such like than anything laugh out loud. A definate product of its time, well filmed and ironically quite effective vampires (well usually the vampire women), The character called Willis in sbs with his massive eyebrows looks more like eddie munster or something and looks more comical than scary. If you like your vampire films with atmosphere, ghostly pasty make up, demonic fangs and such like, typical of 70s vampires then you may like this. I also recommend count yorga/return of count yorga (which is also quite creepy). I enjoyed both blacula and its sequel, and I love all things vampire (70s 80s, not twilight) so its worth checking out you may be surprised that there are some qualitty moments.
I must admit I was indeed very impressed with Blacula (1972) and the follow-up/sequel Scream Blacula Scream (1973) which wasn't not far behind its predecessor. Would strongly recommend this to lovers of horror/cult and fun schlocky movies due to the campiness suggested by the whole idea of 'Mama Walda', voodoo, vampires, and other occult goings on. These films also boast some pretty good stunts and fight sequences, particularly the first one. Once again note that the acting in these two pictures is by far superior to that of the likes of Dolemite, Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song etc. So overall I would say pretty fun and a great film to have a beverage or a smoke to etc. (If you catch my drift, maaaaaaann!)
In 'Blacula' an African prince has a difference of opinion with Dracula over the benefits of slavery so Dracula curses him to a life of the undead and names him 'Blacula', years later in 1970s L.A. Dracula's belongings are bought by 2 gay dudes because of its camp value although how much camp value there is in a dusty old coffin, I'm not too sure, anyway they crack open the coffin and there Blacula is to suck them dry. In 'Scream Blacula Scream' Blacula is brought back from the dead (or is that the undead?) and enlists a voodoo queen ( the sultry Pam Grier) to lift the vampiric curse while feeding off half of L.A. on the way. Both films are pretty good slices of blaxploitation/ exploitation/ draxploitation or whatever genre you want to file them in, there's some great music, the odd laugh and enough to keep you interested until the finale. Marshall Williams has a voice that shakes your bones and an hour and a half spent in the company of Pam Grier is never time wasted.