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[[caption-width-right:233:Deadlier than {{Dracula}}!]]

'''''Blacula''''' is a 1972 horror film, produced by Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures, featuring the {{blaxploitation}} version of the ''{{Dracula}}'' character. It stars William Marshall (who some may recognize as The King of Cartoons from the later Saturday-morning television series ''PeeWeesPlayhouse'') in the title role. The movie was successful enough to spawn a sequel a year later, ''Scream Blacula Scream'', which starred both Marshall and PamGrier, and also inspired [[FollowTheLeader a number of imitators]], including ''Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde'' (which like ''Blacula'' itself was directed by William Crain). Blacula was also prominently featured in the film ''Film/{{Bloodsuckers Anonymous}}'' as one of the main protagonists.

The plot: In 1780, African Prince Manuwalde and his lovely wife Tuva visit Transylvanian Count Dracula, to dine and discuss a proposition put forth by Manuwalde: end the slave trade out of Africa. Dracula finds this ridiculous, given the "merit" he feels is inherent in slavery. He then makes a pass at Tuva. This leads into a fight between Manuwalde and Dracula's {{mook}}s, and both are captured. Dracula turns Manuwalde into a vampire, names him "Blacula", and seals him in a coffin, leaving poor Tuva to trapped with the coffin in a chamber in the dungeon below the castle.

Years later, Blacula's coffin ends up in the basement of a large California home. Two men purchase the house, discover the coffin, and decide to open it--only to end up attacked and killed by the freshly released and seriously hungry vampire. Blacula roams the Los Angeles streets at night, a handsome and debonair black gentleman who happens to suddenly grow a pair of wild sideburns when his hunger rises, and the body count increases around the neighborhood. This draws Dr. Gordon Thomas, a forensics expert with the LAPD, to the case. Meanwhile, Blacula has discovered a young woman, Tina, who looks exactly like his long-deceased wife.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Which, like the rest of [[TheSeventies the '70s]], is funky as hell!
* AntagonistTitle
* AntiVillain: Blacula
* CampGay: The two men who purchase the large house where Blacula's coffin ends up are ''very'' flamboyant. Well, it is California.
* CurbStompBattle: Blacula easily takes down anyone who picks a fight with him.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Blacula drags himself out into the daylight after Tina is shot and thus lost to him forever.]]
* TheFutureIsShocking: Oddly averted. Vampire or no, you'd expect Blacula to be at least somewhat nonplussed by the abrupt transition from the 18th Century to '70s L.A., but if so he doesn't show it.
* JiveTurkey: Blacula himself speaks in a very refined manner, but several other characters are very much a product of their time and place.
* KarmaHoudini: Count Dracula does not reappear after the prologue. Then again, the movie is set before [[Literature/{{Dracula}} the main novel]], so...
* MaleGaze: During one of the musical numbers at the nightclub, we get some gratuitous closeups of the female singer's (and various female dancers') scantily-clad anatomy. Not to mention Tina's legs, when Blacula is following her from the funeral parlor.
* ManOnFire
* MuggingTheMonster: Attempted by a couple of pimps in the sequel.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Everyone Blacula kills comes back as a vampire themselves. Sometimes they take long enough to come back for them to be buried, sometimes they come back almost immediately. They are vulnerable to crosses, to the point where one vampire is apparently killed by one. Blacula himself gains both fangs and a wild set of sideburns whenever he gets hungry and attacks.
** Further, vampires cannot be photographed, and Blacula can turn into a bat.
** The vampires also seem to gain wild features when they turn to the point they almost look like zombies. The sequels play this up a bit as two turned characters, Willis and his girlfriend Denny, are shown looking like normal humans when not showcasing their fangs.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Dracula in the intro.
* RedShirt: Most of the uniformed cops in the movie's climax.
* ReincarnationRomance: Manuwalde's wife, Tuva, is apparently reincarnated as Tina, whom he pursues relentlessly.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Blacula in the climax, after Tina is shot and he's forced to save her by vampirizing her.
-->"Dr. Thomas! You and your dear friends are dead! Not one man shall escape my vengeance! Not one man shall leave here alive! Search out every shadow, every corner! This will be your inglorious tomb! Your tomb! Your tomb! Your tomb!"
* SaltAndPepper: Gordon Thomas and Lt. Peters.
* SealedEvilInACan: Blacula, trapped for over two centuries in a sealed coffin, until the two CampGay men unleash him.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Manuwalde wishes for you to understand that he does not wish to engage in an exchange of banalities with pseudointellectuals and dilettantes, when dignitaries of your stature could instead be lending the weight of your statesmanship to the fulfillment of his objectives.
* {{Sequel}}: ''Scream Blacula Scream'' (1973) has the vampire revived by Voodoo cultists.
* ShesGotLegs: Reflecting the fashion of the period, Tina wears extremely short dresses in a couple of scenes.
* [[BeardOfEvil Sideburns Of Evil]]: Blacula. When he vamps out, it's like his face grows fangs, too.
* SuicideBySunlight: [[spoiler:Blacula ends his un-life this way, once he decides there's nothing to keep him in the world anymore.]]
* TragicMonster: Blacula himself, turned into vampire by Dracula and forced to give in to his vampiric urges. He actually seems like a decent person most of the time. The sequel goes a little further with him trying to get Lisa to undo the vampirisim on him via a voodoo ritual.
* ValuesDissonance - [[{{In-universe}} In-movie example]]: Blacula himself is turned into a vampire by Dracula for suggesting that all of the slave trade in Africa be ended. Dracula does not agree, finding the very notion laughable. Then again, this ''is'' Dracula who, as he shows with his undead harem of girls at the beginning of the flick, makes a habit of turning people into his unwilling slaves.
* VampireHunter: Dr. Gordon Thomas.
* WakingUpAtTheMorgue: One of Blacula's unfortunate victims rises from death after her body is removed from the freezer and defrosts.
* WickedCultured: Blacula, even moreso than Dracula.
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