‘Blacula’ director swoops into Chicago to talk ’70s low-budget horror

Blacula
William Crain's horror films, 'Blacula' and 'Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde,' as seen in physical media Photo credit WBBM Newsradio

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) Blacula refuses to die, and that’s just fine with William Crain.

The African-American director worked on some of the most popular television shows of the 1970s, including “The Mod Squad,” “S.W.A.T” and “Starsky and Hutch.” But it’s his quick work on the American-International Pictures vampire flick—with a commanding lead performance from William Marshall—that gets Crain invited to movie festivals 50 years on.