December 28, 2013
Finally crossed one of the last classic Blaxploitation films off the list as part of a double disc set and I'm happy to have finally gotten around to it. Fun stuff from the opening theme to the last big show-down, wonderful stuff.
Well worth a rental.
March 21, 2013
One of the greatest blaxploitation flicks ever made. For me right up there with 'Shaft' and 'Coffy'. Former Green Beret Slaughter seeks revenge after his gangster Dad gets blown up in a gangland hit. Jim Brown is the balls as Slaughter and Rip Torn is a sleazy fuck as his nemesis. Billy Preston's theme song is immense and IMO the greatest tune to come out of this genre.
May 14, 2013
Director Jack Starrett specialized in making exciting drive-in flicks, such as "The Losers," "The Gravy Train," and "Race with the Devil," and this Jim Brown vehicle was one of his two forays into blaxploitation cinema ("Cleopatra Jone being the other). As exploitation directors go, Starrett is not quite equal a talent as Larry Cohen, but I would say he is equal a filmmaker to say a Jack Hill. To this film specifically, Jim Brown is Slaughter and is an ex-green beret looking to avenge the death of family killed by the mob. It's a pretty standard story for the genre, but the film is elevated by Brown's wooden, yet oddly charismatic performance, along with a better than average supporting cast that include Stella Steven and more significantly, the brilliant Rip Torn as an delightfully over-the-top snarling villain. It's not the best of the genre, but it's definitely better than most.
August 13, 2011
I have a lust for blaxploitation
August 1, 2012
A great title track and some nipples cannot save this mess of a movie
March 9, 2012
Slaughter is the new funky and fresh film from seventies that proudly displays sticking it to the man. However, this film does teach us one valuable lesson; even though the Man can take a vacation, he will always be the Man. Slaughter is not a great film, but I did have fair amount of fun with the laughable action, inane logic, and silly villains. There are a number of scenes that the villains have the chance to kill Slaughter, but they then develop an idea that they can kick his butt which back fires. It is all pretty tiring, but I did not mind it this time and is definitely better some really awful films like Black Belt Jones or Sugar Hill. Plus, this film may have been shot in Mexico, so there are some pretty chicas in this film and you cannot go wrong with that.
January 24, 2012
Another blaxploitation film done by American International Pictures, and directed by Jack Starrett (who later did Race with the Devil (1975)), this is a fast, violent and mad revenge film, it did well upon release, and it's got some good going for it, and it doesn't outstay it's welcome either. Slaughter (Jim Brown) is a Vietnam Veteran, who was a former Green Beret Captain. His parents are killed in an seemingly targeted hit. Slaughter vows to get revenge on those who did it, and learns it a Mafia Bomb Blast, and goes after those responsible, eventually killing one of them as they try to flee in an airplane, but it turns out that by doing so, he's blown an undercover operation on the men Slaughter targeted. But, Slaughter makes a deal with Federal Agent A.W. Price (Cameron Mitchell) to go after the men who got away on behalf of the U.S. government. It takes him to Mexico and South America where it puts him up against mob bosses Mario Felice (Norman Alre) and Dominic Hoff (Rip Torn), and Hoff sends out his mistress Ann (Stella Stevens) to seduce Slaughter, but nothing is going to get in his way. From the roaring opening theme tune by Billy Preston (used by Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds), this is a film with a hardass attitude. The action comes fast and furious, and it's a product of it's time, but Jim Brown is a good action hero, mixing badass and tenacity. A sequel followed soon after.
December 17, 2011
During the opening credits when that first cord rips on Billy Preston's theme song you know you are getting to be in for some badass cinema & Jim Brown is one bad cat as Slaughter. Brown gives us a strong blaxploitation icon that I would put him about 5th behind Richard Roundtree, Fred Williamson, Pam Grier & Ron O'Neal. Although the script feels a bit weak @ times w/ the involve of Stella Stevens all in all this delivers high grades for the genre. Slaughter is such a no bullshit/no jive mother-fucker that you can't help but get 100% behind him. Roger Cudney & espically Rip Torn make for good heavy & even though Brown didn't need a side kick Don Gordon does provide some comic relief that fits well in the vast scheme of things. I ended up watching Slaughter's Big Rip Off first & even though I liked it when I saw it really doesn't do Slaughter any favors after see the original. It's too bad but now I see why there was only one sequel. If only it had more flavor of the first one maybe we could have gotten a trilogy like Shaft
October 21, 2010
After a promising start in The Dirty Dozen, Jim Brown makes this less than satisfying tale of revenge. Ex Marine Slaughter is Jim Brown, coming after those that blew up his parents.
Sorry, Jim Brown can't act in this one. Its about as cheesy a film as you will see from the 70's. This decade was full of Afro-American hero wannabe's. The whites had their bad ass guys like Charles Bronson and blacks had Jim Brown. It was a wonderful world.
If you really want to dig into time capsules, watch this one. It appears so alien today.
Executive Producer: Samuel Z. Arkoff
Composer: Luchi DeJesus
Screenplay: Mark Hanna
Producer: Monroe Sachson
Editor: Renn Reynolds
Director: Jack Starrett
Cinematographer: Rosalio Solano
Screenplay: Don Williams
January 1, 2009
Another B movie shoot it up that is like so many other ones.