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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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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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Blaxploitation meets vampire movie that's formulaic and full of holes.

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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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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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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The hammy performance by Marshall makes it enjoyable.

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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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Fernando F. Croce

Vibrant funking-up of Hammer bloodsuckers

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

best of the horror blaxploitation genre

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
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
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Just another laughably unscary vampire film set halfway between Hammer and Starsky & Hutch. If are into 70s nostalgia pieces, it may justify watching it but… 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
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
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
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