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Arrow Video’s ‘J.D.’s Revenge’ Blu-Ray: The Horror News Network Review

Most fans probably immediately go to Shaft, Black Caesar, Foxy Brown, or Dolemite when they think of the Blaxploitation craze of the 1970’s.  Although the genre is mainly associated with these type of urban crime action flicks, the Blaxploitation movement also featured films that veered towards romance, comedy, and of course, horror.

After the release of Blacula in 1972, B-Movie factories such as AIP produced a string of blaxploitation horror features such as Blackenstein, Scream, Blacula, Scream, and Abby (also known as “The Black Exorcist”).  And in 1976, producer Sam Arkoff and director Arthur Marks combined the traditional gangster tropes of blaxploitation and added supernatural elements to the mix to form the past-lives regression shocker called J.D.’s Revenge. read more

Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-in-Law Review

Fans of the underappreciated,  influential comedian, actor, and kung-fu master Rudy Ray Moore, owe cult-film restoration company Vinegar Syndrome a great debt of gratitude.  Not only did they restore and transfer Moore’s most famous character/alter-ego Dolemite to Blu-ray in the form of Dolemite and Dolemite 2: The Human Tornado, they also reached into the vaults for the unofficial third entry in Rudy Ray’s gonzo trilogy: Petey Wheatstraw aka The Devil’s Son in Law.   If your RRM collection stopped with the Dolemite films, you are really missing out on this horror-comedy blaxploitation gem from 1977, showcasing all of the sensibilities that have endeared Moore to his legion of underground fans. read more