A vampire cursed by Dracula himself is reawaken a century later in Los Angeles after being brought overseas by a pair of antiquities dealers. The so-called Blacula stalks the streets of LA until he comes across the reincarnation of his wife Luva, whose love he attempts to win back as a Scientific Investigator seeks out the cause for the recent rash of deaths occurring down town. Outside of the obvious urban influence the film represents, it also breaks many other social taboos, such as introducing two gay leads in the opening act, while exploring the racial discrimination that was commonly found in the police work of the time. Marshall and Rasulala offer strong performances as the Soul Brother counterparts to Dracula and Van Helsing, and none of the cast lead the film into stereotypical self-ridicule. The script is written well enough, but there is not enough originality or differentiation to distinguish this film from any other average Dracula incarnation. There are, however, ambitious attempts at low-budget special FX and make-up design that is strikingly similar to DAWN OF THE DEAD. Once the novelty of the film wears off, it doesn't quite make the grade, but I don't have any means for comparison for this film against any of the other Blaxploitation entries of the time.
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