Some critics have argued that "Slaughter" was the first blaxploitation film. Unlike films like "Sweetback" or, to lesser degrees, "Shaft" and even "Superfly," "Slaughter" was a mindless actioner with no social or political message produced only to get a black audience into theatres. If one accepts this theory, "Slaughter" has some historical significance and relevance. If one does not, then it's just a dumb 1970s-revenge flick. Not bad for the genre, but certainly no classic.