We Programmed This 24 Hour Vampire Marathon To Get You Ready For Vampire Academy
BLACULAThere was no cat more swinging than William Marshall in this Blaxploitation classic. What starts out as a goofy title eventually evolves into a surprisingly atmospheric story about an African prince who refuses to contribute to the slave trade, turned by Dracula himself and buried and forgotten until modern day. Marshall’s swag-tastic wardrobe highlights that, despite the history of Dracula being an onscreen lady charmer, no one could seduce the viewer quite like Marshall’s Prince Mamuwalde. With great fashion and greater period music, Blacula is compellingly watchable.
HORROR OF DRACULAThe first and the best. Hammer Horror built a small cottage industry based on Dracula films, but it all started here. In this film, Drac is being stalked, the prey of our hero Jonathan Harker. And to see Peter Cushing match wits with Christopher Lee, in his maiden voyage as the Count, is the sort of thing you encounter in movie heaven. Those who know Lee for his late career fantasy films and metal albums will be startled to see him so young and virile, handsome underneath Dracula’s otherwise-silly cape.
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