Blacula is a 1972 Blaxploitation horror film directed by William Crain 🦇📽️
Synopsis: It's about an 18th-century African prince 👑 named Mamuwalde (William Marshall), who gets turned into a vampire (and later locked in a coffin ⚰️) by Count Dracula in Transylvania after Dracula refused to help Mamuwalde suppress the slave trade.
See that? That's what Blaxploitation did, and continues to do. Take race relation issues and posture them under the Hollywood lens. For profit, yes, but also in an effort to disseminate information and normalize "sticking it to the Man". ✊🏽✊🏾
Blacula received fairly mixed reviews in the United States, but was one of the top-grossing films of the year. 👏🏿👏🏽It was the first film to receive an award for Best Horror Film at the Saturn Awards 🏆, as well! Blacula was followed by the sequel Scream Blacula Scream in 1973 and inspired a wave of blaxploitation-themed horror films 🎞️