In the ’70s, it was inevitable that the growing blaxploitation fad would collide with the still-going monster fad to produce movies like Blacula, it’s sequel (Scream Blacula Scream with Pam Grier), and Blackenstein. In Blacula, an 18th century African prince is turned by Dracula and locked in a coffin. He gets released in modern L.A. to stalk a woman he believes is his reincarnated wife. Scream Blacula Scream came out the following year and featured the resurrected vampire’s getting involved in a voodoo war.
My experience with blaxploitation films is limited to The Last Dragon and I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, but I’ve been aware of and curious about Blacula my entire life. I have no idea why I’ve never made time to watch it. Need to correct that.