Blacula (1972)

colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by William Crain.

Plot Summary

In 1780, African prince Manuwalde is summoned to Transylvania by Count Dracula who promptly makes a play for his wife. Manuwalde is locked in a coffin while his wife is sealed alive in the vampire's tomb. 200 years later, Manuwalde rises from the grave and is soon haunting 1970s Los Angeles as the vampire Blacula.


Directed by: William Crain
© by American International Productions MCMLXXII [1972]
American International. Samuel Z. Arkoff presents
Executive Producer: Samuel Z. Arkoff
Produced by: Joseph T. Naar
Screenplay by: Joan Torres and Raymond Koenig
Director of Photography: John M. Stevens
Film Editor: Allan Jacobs
Music Composed and Conducted by: Gene Page
Sound Mixer: Charles Knight
Wardrobe Man: Ermon Sessions
Wardrobe Woman: Sandy Stewart
Make Up: Fred Phillips
Hairdresser: Lola Kemp
Special Effects: Roger George
Art Director: Walter Herndon

William Marshall (Blacula)
Denise Nicholas (Michelle)
Vonetta McGee (Tina)
Gordon Pinsent (Lt Jack Peters)
Thalmus Rasulala as [Dr] Gordon [Thomas]
Emily Yancy (Nancy)
Lance Taylor Sr (Swenson)
Logan Field (Sgt Barnes)
Ted Harris (Bobby McCoy)
Rick Metzler (Billy Schaffer)
Ketty Lester as “Juanita” [Jones]
Charles Macaulay as “Dracula”
Jitu Cumbuka (Skillet)
Elisha Cook (Sam)
Eric Brotherson (real estate agent)

Scream Blacula Scream (1973)

Extracts included in
Bikers, Blondes and Blood (1993)
Dracula: A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991)


American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.220-221 – credits, synopsis, review
Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.46 – credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films Volume II p.36 – credits
The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.65 – credits, review
by Walt Lee p.39 – credits
Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.43-45; 204 – illustrated review, synopsis; illustrated credits