Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 326: Sat Nov 26

Blacula (Crain, 1972): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 1pm

This 35mm presentation is part of the In Dreams are Monsters season at BFI Southbank. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
American International Pictures dove into blaxploitation with this goofy 1972 horror flick about an African prince (William Marshall) who travels to Castle Dracula in the late 18th century hoping to enlist the evil count in battling the slave trade; instead he winds up padlocked in a coffin, thirsting for human blood. Two hundred years later his coffin is imported to the States by a pair of gay interior decorators, and Blacula emerges from his captivity to wreak havoc on Los Angeles, one of the few places where a man can blend in at a dance club wearing evening clothes and an opera cape. AIP tried again the following year with Scream, Blacula, Scream, but like lightning, stupidity this captivating seldom strikes twice.
JR Jones

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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