Plot: An African prince (William Marshall) visits the castle of Count Dracula (Charles MacCauley), with a diplomatic proposal about ending the slave trade. While Dracula likes the prince’s female companion, he also sees no reason for slavery to end, which upsets the prince. Dracula summons his helpers to subdue the prince, who he then curses and bites, turning him into Blacula. He is then sealed in a coffin, doomed to hunger for blood but unable to feed. But centuries later, a pair of interior decorators purchase Dracula’s estate and send the coffin to America. Blacula rises when the coffin is unlocked, feeds on the two men and is enraptured by the vampiric blood lust. When he sees a woman who looks like his lost love, Blacula tries to pass as normal. But as suspicions arise and his blood thirst continues, can he resist his cursed fate as a vampire?
Entertainment Value: A blend of horror and blaxploitation, Blacula is a fun, well crafted movie. The tone is pretty serious, which is silly at times given the cheap makeup work and concept, but it adds to the entertainment. William Marshall plays the role dead serious and with a performance like Blacula was the most important movie ever made, which is just fantastic. Seeing Marshall interact with the rest of the cast is hilarious, as he is so serious and aristocratic here. That leads to some great dialogue and humorous moments, to be sure. The movie doesn’t fully embrace the blaxploitation side of things, but it is so dated now, more of that feel has kind of crept in naturally. Blacula is silly, made sillier by Marshall’s grandeur as a thespian, and is just a fun movie. The lack of blood and sex will likely deter horror/blaxploitation fans somewhat, but Blacula offers a lot of entertainment and shouldn’t be overlooked.
No nudity, but man, one of the guys in the feature club group has some tight pants. So epic moose knuckle, but no actual naked people. Not much blood, especially for a movie about a dude that loves blood. Some neck bites here and there, but the real highlight for me was a police officer being electrocuted and bursting into flames. Another memorable scene is a poorly done vampiric meltdown, with hilarious time lapse work. William Marshall’s work here provides some memorable dialogue, as he treats each line like it is made of gold and diamonds. He is so proper and noble in this performance, with some great eloquence and overly refined pronunciations. Blacula has some odd moments, like the full length music performance out of nowhere, but is a pretty grounded experience overall. Marshall’s performance certainly adds a notch to the score, however.
Overall Insanity: 2/10