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An 18th-century African prince (William Marshall) 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 Vonette McGee, whom he thinks is the reincarnation of his long-ago lady love.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"William Marshall portrays title role with a flourish and gets first rate support right down the line."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"William Marshall brings considerable nobility to the lead role - no mean feat when you've got patches of hair glued all over your face and keep turning into a giant bat."
‑ Ian Berriman, SFX Magazine
"Blaxploitation meets vampire movie that's formulaic and full of holes."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A terrible blaxploitation angle on the classic Dracula story"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"[T]his classic example of blaxploitation does invoke the C-word, but not before 'camp-eee!' actually crossed your mind, which is while you're putting the DVD in the player."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The film remains a lifeless reworking of heroes versus vampires with soul music and a couple of good gags."
‑ , Time Out
"It's redeemed somewhat by a cool soul soundtrack and a lead performance by the classically-trained Marshall, who displays a reverence for his iconic role that the filmmakers could have heeded."
‑ Simon Foster,
"The hammy performance by Marshall makes it enjoyable."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An unburied treasures for those of us who love bad film. It's a horror film thematically, and politically and aesthetically, too."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Has some genuinely scary moments."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Anybody who goes to a vampire movie expecting sense is in serious trouble, and Blacula offers less sense than most."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Vibrant funking-up of Hammer bloodsuckers"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"best of the horror blaxploitation genre"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Contrived and a pain in the neck, yes...but what a concept!"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A surprisingly worthy addition to the blood-sucking genre."
‑ , Film4
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