From The FANGORIA Vault: “BLACULA” (1972)
FANGORIA Readers! Digging through the vault today, we have special treat for fans of Blaxploitation horror, as we uncovered some rare promotional photographs from the grandaddy of the subgenre: William Crain’s BLACULA!
The film that marked the first time an African American had appeared as a vampire on-screen, there’s no Blaxploitation horror film as prolific and dignified as BLACULA, which turned William H. Marshall into an overnight fright icon and brought American International Pictures genre fare to a previously disenfranchised audience. It’s a film that’s very much of its era, including some campy overacting and spectacular art design, but it’s also very true to the conventions and heart of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, and it’s respectful and sympathetic to the plight of Marshall’s Prince Mamuwalde.
Check out the photos of Marshall vamping it up, as well as the legendary one-sheet below!