Thursday, 9 October 2008

Day 9: Blacula

You know what? There’s a little gap in my horror knowledge where vampire movies are concerned. I’ve already owned up to not having seen one seminal Dracula, and there might be a few more famous fangies getting a mention before we reach the end of...


Sorry – I just had to stick my spiffy Sham Shocktober logo in there again... It’s been at least a week since I last used it and those things don’t draw themselves, you know! So far this month, classics like The Bad Seed and M are getting all the love, while no one seems to have anything good to say about recent French shocker Sheitan.

Anyway, let’s get back to the fangs at hand, those being the pearly whites of one Blacula, star of yet another vampire film I haven’t seen.

Blacula – and I believe he’s actually called that in the film – is apparently shipped to “present day” Los Angeles in his coffin and accidentally released from a hundred years of undead slumber by two gay antique dealers (this sounds like a funny idea but I fear it might come off as a tad offensive as far as 70s exploitation fare goes... although I’m keeping an open mind). Thus, with any luck, the scene is set for some amusing interplay between a 19th Century black bloodsucker and the swinging, shagadelic world of 70s LA, along with – who knows? – maybe even a few chills. Whether or not the film turns out to be any good (and, if you’ve seen it, please let me know what you think) it has to be said that Blacula has one of the best taglines ever:

Rising from the echoing corridors of Hell, an awesome being of the supernatural – with satanic power of sheer dread, chained forever to a slavery more vile than any before endured...

Well, either that one or:

He’s black! He’s beautiful! He’s Blacula!

3 comments:

Amanda By Night said...

Blacula is a bonafide MUST. I love this movie. It's one of the best of the blaxploitation horror subgenre (not that there is a ton of titles, but you get what I mean!). William Marshall is amazing as Blacula and parts of it are pretty freaky. Of all the movies you've listed thus far, this is the one I think I love the most.

Stacia said...

One of my favorite parts of "Blacula" is the opening animation sequence with the bat. It is absolute gold. You must see this!

Arabela said...

Well said.