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Blacula

Released 1972
Distributor AIP

AIP’s vampiric contribution to the prevailing blaxploitation avalanche of the 1970s benefits from the casting of stentorian Shakespearian actor William Marshall, who manages to retain his dignity in some very tacky situations. Successful enough to spawn a sequel, Scream Blacula Scream.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.