Tom Porter commented
This is an extremely dated 1970s film. Much of its appeal comes from the fact it takes itself so seriously and yet, in retrospect, looks so campy. It's repeated and strange references to race may have been considered edgy for its time but today seem like bizarre displays in a museum of another age. In addition to The King of Cartoons, Elisha Cook also makes an appearance. He seems to be the Lance Henriksen of this day, collecting a steady paycheck by moving from campy film to campy film. He's like striped polyester pants; see him and you know immediately what era you've entered.
Ian Rieger commented
Oh please do this one. This movie is so absurd it has potential rivaling Manos.
Fun fact: The lead actor went on the become the King of Cartoons on *** Wees Playhouse.
Riffing this movie is why you guys exist! Come on, do it!
Let me spice this one up for you: One of the interesting takes on the vampire genre, Blacula starts off when an African prince, Manuwalde, ends up visiting Count Dracula in Transylvania. Proving that this vampire is an equal-opportunity monster, he ends up transforming Manuwalde into a blood-sucker. But for some reason, imprisons the prince in a coffin for eternity.
Shifting into the 20th Century, Manuwalde accidentally gets revived when his coffin is shipped to Los Angeles (you know, why is it back then, vamps ended up in California and not somewhere like Texas or Iowa, just sayin', with the sunshine and all you'd think they'd AVOID places like California and Florida..). Suddenly 'Blacula' is unleashed on an unsuspecting populace.
Blacula finds a woman named Tina, whom he thinks is the reincarnation of his wife, Luva, whom Dracula murdered (not sure why, I mean, if he turned Blacula into a vamp, why not the guy's wife?). Now while Tina's boyfriend, Dr. Gordon, figures out Blacula is a vampire, the film goes into this absurdity of disbelief (something most vampire films were plagued with in the 70s: yes, people WILL believe attacks from WEREWOLVES, MONSTERS and even ZOMBIES, but back then, even with the evidence staring them in their faces, they will NOT believe in VAMPIRE attacks).
Anyway the film is hilarious for attempting with this modern, Blaxploatation take on a classic. In fact, the though unintentionally hilarious, Blacula did spawn an unlikely sequel, 'Scream,Blacula, Scream,' where a reincarnated Blacula seeks help from a voodoo heir to free him from his curse.
I agree that this film should be riffed.
By far the best Blacksplotation movie there is. The settings, costumes and dialog are just begging for it. William Marshall is a spectacular Dracula and if the film is riffed it would get the attention it so richly deserves.