Film Review: J.D.’S REVENGE (1976)

I love Arrow Video’s dedication to classic fringe genres. They are one of the top choices when it comes to “The Criterion Collection of Cult Collecting”. As with The Criterion Collection, I also have to wait for their sales before I can afford the majority of the upgrades my collection craves. With less than a week left in this year’s Festive Sale, you may want to pick up this title along with many others.

J.D.’s Revenge is a supernatural Blaxploitation crime/revenge film that will have many cult collectors pumped. As far as the film goes, it has all of the quirkiness in scriptwriting and acting that one would love to watch over and over again for all of the wrong reasons. This, of course, is what the cult collector is looking for…the “awesomely bad” in many instances. While this film isn’t as ridiculous as something like Microwave Massacre, it may climb your list of accidental horror comedies like Killer Workout.

For me, it is still too deep into the Blaxploitation category to put it up against most awesomely bad horror films like The Mutilator. The main audience, of course, is the collectors of the amazing Blacula and Blackenstein films. I own all of the Arrow Video releases starring Pam Grier; and, as far as I’m concerned, this film can hold its own amongst her bad ass revenge films as easy as it would the previously mentioned horror parodies.

In the end, this rambling falls somewhere between a press release and a review…trust me I see it too. Anyway, it is a great way to remind you about the sale while giving you a suggestion for your cult movie collection. I can tell you that I totally loved this movie back in the day, so there was a definite bias involved. I know there are plenty of cheap ways to see this film, but the Blu-ray restoration is really nice. If you pick it up during the current festive sale, you can get it for an incredibly fair price. So get over to Arrow Video UK and check it out.



From Arrow: It wasn’t long before the Blaxploitation boom moved into the horror market, bringing the world Blacula, Blackenstein, Abby (Blaxploitation’s The Exorcist) and cult favourite J.D.’s Revenge.

Law student Ike is enjoying a night on the town with his friends when his life changes dramatically. Taking part in a nightclub hypnosis act, he becomes possessed with the spirit of a violent gangster murdered in the 1940s. Believing himself to be the reincarnation of murderous J.D., Ike launches a revenge campaign against those who had done ‘him’ wrong all those years ago

Directed by Arthur Marks (Bucktown, Friday Foster) and starring Glynn Turman (Cooley High) and Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett Jr (An Officer and a Gentleman), J.D.’s Revenge is a alternately tough and terrifying – a Blaxploitation gem waiting to be rediscovered!

Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I'm here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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