In honor of Black History Month, I decided to revisit one of my favorite Blaxploitation horrors, J.D.’s Revenge. Truth be told, I haven’t watched a ton of Blaxploitation films, but this one has always stood out to me as a classic example of the sub-genre. Want to know why you should never volunteer to get hypnotized? Continue to read on to find out!
The film opens on 1942 New Orleans, where a gangster named J.D. Walker is at a slaughterhouse to see his sister Betty Jo. Before he can make his presence known, he decides to eavesdrop on his sister, who is having an argument with a man named Theotis Bliss. Apparently, Betty Jo has a secret that Theotis’s brother, Elija, shouldn’t know. Betty Jo doesn’t intend to keep her secret a secret so Theotis, in a panic, ends the dispute by slashing Betty Jo’s throat with a razor. J.D. appears to find the body of his sister but in an instant he is framed for murdering her. Unfortunately, for J.D. he is gunned down in horrifying slow motion.
The actors and actresses all did an amazing job. Usually with Blaxploitation, films the acting tends to be way over the top. The top performer in the film is Ike, played by Glynn Turman. It was a lot of fun watching him transform from an easygoing law student to the zoot-suited, sociopathic gangster J.D. What I love about this film is how clever it is while modifying your perception of some of the characters.
J.D.’s Revenge becomes increasingly more entertaining as it unfolds. For all the pervs out there, this film does have plenty of nudity. There is also plenty of gore to keep the carnage lovers happy.
Surprisingly, this film is one of the best character study horror films I have come across. It represents the finest the Blaxploitation sub-genre has to offer.
Overall, J.D.’s Revenge is a highly effective Blaxploitation horror film that delivers effective atmosphere and a hint of Southern gothic culture. It is a Blaxploitation film that has chilling scenes and a wicked sense of humor. It is sharply filmed, which is always a plus for me! Feel free to check this film out. It is streaming for free on Prime as of this posting! You can thank me later.
WICKED RATING: [usr 6]
Title: J.D.’s Revenge
Director: Arthur Marks
Writer(s): Jaison Starkes
Stars: Glynn Turman, Louis Gossett Jr., Joan Pringle
Studio/ Production Co: American International Pictures(AIP
Length: 95 Minutes
Sub-Genre: Horror, Action, Thriller