Soopa Starr’s Blaxploitation Friday: JD’s Revenge

blame it on Meka September 26, 2008

With All Hallows Eve coming up soon, Starr kicks off the festivities with a horror-themed entry. And as always, if you’re digging this, hit up Gangstarr Girl for a fresh take on hip-hop, politics, fashion and other worldly and wordy things through the eyes of a New York-helmed around-the-way girl. Without further adeiu…

If you’ve been following this series then you realize that despite the overall cheesiness of blaxploitation movies, the basic theme is movies geared toward the African-American community–something that we can call our own. Yes, the characters are very stereotypical and the movies tend to follow the same plots like sticking it to the man, a big score (involving money), pimps, the bad chick on a rampage of vengeance, etc. but you didn’t think there could be blaxploitation movies without factoring in the horror genre did you? If so, you are sadly mistaken.

Kicking off the Blaxploitation Friday Horror Edition is JD’s Revenge.


Synopsis: Glynn Turman stars as Isaac/Ike, an average Joe med student who gets possessed by the spirit of JD Walker. Walker is a 1940s gangster back from beyond the grave to exact his revenge on the mobsters who murdered he and his sister.


Does this plot sound familiar? Remember Snoop Dogg’s attempt at a similar type of movie with his 2001 movie Bones (which was worse than a lot of b-movies). Coincidentally (or not so coincidentally), Pam Grier was in Bones as the leading lady. We already know how big Grier was in the 70s. But my theory is that Bones is sort of paying homage to blaxploitation era horror flicks. We’ve already seen the influence on Snoop from movies like The Mack and Superfly. Here’s the trailer as a bonus: