Blacula (1972)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 20, 2004
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Variety Staff

William Marshall portrays title role with a flourish and gets first rate support right down the line.

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J.C. Mašek III

Blacula itself is no joke and is, in fact, a legitimate and even dignified horror film with terrifying scenes and enduring moral questions.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

The placement of an old-fashioned Dracula in a modern black neighborhood is a great idea, but amateurish production leaves Marshall stranded in the film.

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Time Out

The film remains a lifeless reworking of heroes versus vampires with soul music and a couple of good gags.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The film possesses a lively sense of humor and is very much a product of its time, but those seeking PC comfort cinema had best steer clear.

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Ian Berriman
SFX Magazine

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.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Anybody who goes to a vampire movie expecting sense is in serious trouble, and Blacula offers less sense than most.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

If its false vampire teeth are sometimes slipshod, the beats of its stake-targeted heart of darkness flash a message that is poignant, tragic and profound.

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Simon Foster

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A combination vampire movie and blaxploitation movie, which you wouldn't think would be good, but it's actually a very fun movie, and it's one of… More
Daniel Hetteix
What Blacula lacks, it makes up for by being a heartfelt and serious attempt at being a horror movie, not simply a blaxploitation movie (no drug subplot, pimps,… More
Chris Weber
While this movie is pretty cheesy and ridiculous (as if the title couldn't make that obvious enough), it's a lot better than it might seem. It came… More
Lesley N
Load of rubbish. Bad acting, bad plot, bad dialogue, and no idea why the makeup artist thought it was a great idea to augment Blacula's pointy fangs with… More
David Ladd
This is a very cool movie and deserves its cult following. This lively and amusing hybrid of blaxploitation and low-budget horror in which African Prince… More
Marcus Woolcott
Probably the best blaxploitation vampire movie you'll ever see.