The Black Gestapo Reviews
September 21, 2012
Low budget film making at it's best. Don't get me wrong, it's a terrible film but it's awesome and a must for all Exploitation/Blaxploitation/Naziploitation fans (You've got to give it credit for the three genres crossover at least). The castration scene is pretty cool too and fans of Sexploitation films rejoice as there are quite a few ladies in the background you may well recognise (you filthy deviants)
February 26, 2008
Wow, definetly a product of the time. The subject matter should be taken with more grains of salt than I can count. This sucker is through and through exploitation fare.
This is the first film I've seen by Lee Frost and Wes Bishop and it's about a group of african-americans in Watts that make their own people's army to defend against the white oppressors. For a 70s B-action shocker this holds nothing to dissapoint with it's fair share of violent, and for those who are concerned, there's more breasts than blood in this, and there's a bit of blood.
The last 15 minutes really takes it home although the entire film is directed pretty interestingly and entertainingly.
This doesn't fall into normal blaxploitation subject matter so it's hard to categorize it as so, but if you are a fan of psychotronic cinema see it.
July 3, 2007
Eh, I was kinda disappointed. But for this kinda movie, I'm surprised I didn't get totally disappointed. Some pretty grim violence, a very generic score, a couple of good pairs of teets, and some general good scene-chewery. Plus, one VERY creative and well-executed killing (I won't give it away, but you'll know it when you see it) that happens part way through the film (so know it's not the buckshot gag at the end) really really sold me on the picture. And hey, a rapist gets his balls cut off and flushed down the toilet! This movie's all right. :D
January 4, 2014
It's a great grind house flick, I really hope Tarantino gives this a thought. Since the idea is thought provoking that what if blacks turned against whites or even enslaved them.
Back in the 70's this would have been really offensive, but today standards the offensiveness makes this more enjoyable.
It could be a much better film if this was remade.
Fun film to watch.
May 29, 2013
A dire blaxploitation movie that's so badly made and boring that is should have stayed in the vaults of a run-down grindhouse cinema for ever more and never seen the light of day again. Nothing to see here besides the sleazy trailer.
September 9, 2013
The Black Gestapo is one of the most gloriously stupid films I've ever seen. The premise alone about a black militant group modeling themselves after Nazis promises a great deal of humor, but this film takes that ridiculous premise and adds a whole bunch of stupid things into the mix such as romance, sex and nudity, plenty of action scenes, hilariously bad dialogue, gangsters, drugs, back-stabbing, and so much more. This film made me fall in love with it in the same way films like Escape From L.A. and Doomsday by being gloriously idiotic and embracing its campyness to the fullest degree. It's pure, nonstop fun that will have you laughing, saying "What the fuck?" constantly, and feeling a sense of joy from watching so much stupidity unfold. The Black Gestapo is beyond any doubt one of the greatest so bad it's good films I've ever seen.
April 26, 2013
Not bad premise only so poorly acted that it is nearly unwatchable.
September 21, 2012
The Black Gestapo is a painful film to sit through because of its awkward pacing, relentless 70s music, and its uncomfortable storyline. In spite of all that, though, I was able to get a little enjoyment out of the film's fight scenes (which are surprisingly well done) and some competent acting. Still, the blaxploitation genre is a little uncomfortable to watch.
I cannot say that I recommend anyone say this movie. But, it isā¦ interesting. It may be garbage, but it is at least fascinating garbage.
The Black Gestapo stars Rod Perry as General Ahmed, a man who starts an inner-city army to protect and avenge the wronged black and female citizens of the city of Watts. There is quite a bit of violence and nudity in this picture, and if that does not bother my esteemed reader, then this film should be a breeze. There is not much more to this film than that.
Like I said before, the fight scenes in this film are quite well done. In fact, I would go on to say that they are borderline fun to watch. They are well-choreographed, real-looking, and occasionally a tad thrilling. There is also a lot of stunt work in this film that I found to be well done. This was a pleasant surprise, considering the alarmingly low production values in this picture. The film itself is just not pleasant to look atā¦ which is a major downside to the picture.
Overall, the film is not worth watching. Sitting through the ninety minute run-time feels like a chore, partly because the pacing is ridiculously and painfully inconsistent, and partly because the storyline is just not engaging enough to keep us entertained. Yes, the fight scenes are pretty fun, but Iā(TM)m sure a curious viewer could find clips of them on youtube.
September 16, 2012
Pretty cool blaxploitation has the good guys go bad, except one who retains his dignity. Violent and action packed, fun and disturbing.
June 5, 2012
This is an extremely entertaining movie. The Black Gestapo lacks depth and complexity, but as I expect most people dont pick up a Nazi-Blaxploitation film looking for those qualitys. Most people are interested in its shock value and there are a few scenes which definitely shock. There are quite a few interesting action sequences which were more clever than I expected. The acting is nothing special, and at times so bad its good.
March 18, 2012
It's a rare instance where blaxploitation and nazisploitation merge... this is either really good and really terrible, isn't it?
July 29, 2009
A real Blaxpoitation Dynamite it is one of best Movies of this Genre and also a Crossover with the Naziploitation Genre it is a very exciting, amazing and shocking Movie and shows how a good-willed Thing can overflow in something bad and brutal many Gangs have a similiar History a current Case is the Mara Salvatrucha
July 13, 2010
I've kind of got a soft spot for blaxploitation films, which sometimes are among the strangest films around. Last year I experienced some of the horror films that filled this genre of film, and that interested me in seeking other more unusual ventures in blaxploitation. So naturally when I stumbled on a film called The Black Gestapo I had to pick this one up. Because, when it comes to the Nazi's and what they stood for, seeing a bunch of black men joining the ranks just didn't make sense to me.
Well, it turns out that The Black Gestapo isn't as I thought it to be. Sure, this group of men do wear the signature threads that the Gestapo wore, emblems and all, and even mimic some of their salutes and such. But they aren't going around singling out Jewish people, but rather the oppressive white leaders in government, the police force and local mobsters. Such a weird identity for this group to assume, but within the context of the film it does actually work. And I genuinely liked what The Black Gestapo had to offer.
The movie starts off with General Ahmed (Rod Perry), who leads an inner-city group in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. The group's original intention was to protect the black citizens of this area, but the oppression of the more powerful whites makes this difficult. So Ahmed's second in command, Colonel Kojah (Charles Robinson), asks if he can form a secret group that will use violence to cut down on the threats facing Watts. It works at first, as the Black Gestapo drive out their enemies. But the Black Gestapo's power hunger gets too severe, and they turn into what they swore to protect their people from.
That is what I came to like about The Black Gestapo so much. This group was using terrible, violent acts to protect themselves, which is usually condoned in these sorts of films. But about midway through the film our heroes turn out to be the real villains of the story, and Ahmed must become a one man army to bring them down. It isn't the deepest film you're going to see, but The Black Gestapo has a lot more substance to it than one would originally think it to after reading the title.
The Black Gestapo is one of the better blaxploitation films I've seen, with better acting and storytelling than I've come to expect. It's a nice little hidden gem that I think fans of this genre of film-making should seek out. You'll never look at the Gestapo the same again, that's for sure.
May 27, 2010
One of the most bizarre films I've ever seen, one of the rarest ones I've seen as well, regardless of its unintentional laughs The Black Gestapo is unique and is a great segway into Blaxpoitation films of the 1970s.
June 3, 2004
The film begins and ends strong, it's everything in the middle that's so cheesy and predictable that it takes the fun out of watching. There are films where predictability can work and some where it can't, and, especially with the heavy political and racial undertones of this film, predictability does not lean in the favor of this story.
One way I gauge films is if there is another way to end it that makes a bigger or lasting effect or if there are spots of dialogue which are dry or unnecessary or if you find yourself substituting dialogue for what the characters are saying, that's usually a bad sign. A good film will keep your mouth shut, for the most part and have your attention from beginning to end. A good film jerks you around like a roller coaster. This is not that kind of film.
While comparing the Black Gestapo to the Nazis is an ambition and perhaps fatal conception, what the viewer ultimately cares about is the story, the rise and fall of this gestapo and frankly, this film leaves much to be desired.