Director: William Crain
Screenwriters: Raymond Koenig, Joan Torres
Cast: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Gordon Pinsent, Charles Macaulay, Thalmus Rasulala Scream Factory
Rated PG | 92 Minutes
Release Date: March 3, 2015
“Warm, young bodies will feed his hunger, and hot, fresh blood his awful thirst!”
Directed by William Crain (Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde), Blacula was one of the top grossing films of 1972. The blaxploitation horror flick was also the first film to receive an award for Best Horror Film at the Saturn Awards.
After 1971’s one-two punch of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song and Shaft, the blaxploitation genre erupted in 1972 with films like Super Fly, Across 110th Street, Black Mama, White Mama, Slaughter, and Trouble Man.
And then there’s Blacula, a low-budget American International Pictures mash-up of blaxploitation and horror. Instead of a haunting orchestral score, the soundtrack by Gene Page utilizes soul, funk, and rhythm and blues to capture the inner-city vibe of ’70s Los Angeles.