Review for BLACK SHAMPOO:
Here it is! The only movie in the world where a hair-stylist mows down a couple of bad guys with a chainsaw!
Mr. Johnathan (John Daniels) is the land’s most wanted hair-stylist because the ladies just happen to like other things he does to them aside from making their hair look good (If you know what I mean and I think you do) But along comes a shady secretary (Tanya Boyd) who may or may not be truly in love with Mr. Johnathan. It’s only just a matter of time til some mobsters begin to frequently terrorize the beauty shop. Looks like it’s time for “Black Shampoo” to save the day!
At first, this movie seemed to take the top spot in my guilty pleasures list. But the more I see it, the more it seems to define 70’s exploitation cinema at it’s almost finest. Funky musical score,wild fashions,gratuitous sex/nudity/violence,politically incorrect attitudes and over the top characters. It’s all here.
Probably the only fault I initally had with it was that John Daniels certainly looks the part of the tough guy/stud, but he displays about 2% charisma throughout the whole movie. But then I thought what if someone like Fred Williamson or Jim Brown played the lead character. For this type of movie, it just wouldn’t work. So a fresh face was wisely chosen.
As a blaxploitation flick,midnight movie, Mystery Science Theater movie…It doesn’t matter. Black Shampoo seems to work well on any wild occasion.
Released in 1971
Distributed by Boxoffice International Pictures
Directed by William Rotsler
Starring Jason Yukon,Victoria Carver,and Keith Erickson
What we got here is a soft-core porno which follows the adventures of mob enforcer, and the Don’s Godson, Marco Santino (Played by Jason Yukon, who packs a nifty afro and sideburns) Marco’s currently stuck with brothel business and has dreams of moving up in the organization. All the while, he gets it on with the clients and we see the clients get it on with the customers.
That’s all the plot really. Of course, there’s an eventual showdown between Marco and a rival in the end, but the outcome doesn’t really matter 'cause you’ll be bored and won’t care. Might not be hard to believe, but despite alllllll the skin and allllllll the sex, this flick is really tedious. But since this is a fairly early production from Harry Novak which mixes a crime story with sexploitation, I’ll give him a pass. Because things would eventually flow a little bit better in future entries like A SCREAM IN THE STREETS, for instance.
Pin-Up hotties Deborah McGuire and Uschi Digard make appearances.
Released in 1971
Distributed by Cineproduzioni Daunia 70/Hallmark Releasing Corp.
Directed by Fernando Di Leo
Starring Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee and Rosalba Neri
Actually, the original title is “Cold-Blooded Beast” or “The Beast Who Kills in Cold Blood”. But even those don’t seem like the right titles. “SEX CLINIC SLAUGHTERHOUSE” probably would have been more appropriate.
The movie takes place at a clinic (Not a hotel) for gals who have some personal issues. But since this takes place in movie-land, all the girls resemble gorgeous glamour queens (Even the nurses don’t look too bad!) but wouldn’t you know it, some phantom-maniac is roaming around the clinic killing the girls off one by one…Thanks to the arsenal of medieval weapons found in the building’s basement!
Klaus Kinski’s the star here, but his lackidasical performance here will leave fans disappointed. Apparently, he was to play the part in suspicious manner so that audiences would think he’s the killer. But is he?
Even though the movie has a standard 97-minute running time (Depending on which version you get your hands on) the movie really seemed to breeze by nicely on repeated viewings. Just the whole ludicrous concept and execution works like a charm to a demented degree. Just go into this one leaving your brain miles away and try to have fun with the blood and T&A.
(Put this in GENRE MIX EM UPS)
BLOOD FREAK (Drugsploitation/Slasher)
Released in 1972
Distributed by Something Weird Video
Directed by Brad Grinter
Starring Steve Hawkes
Tagline (Although I don’t think it’s genuine!)
"The world’s only turkey-monster-anti-drug-pro-Jesus gore film!"
The movie opens with a narrator (And humble co-director, Brad Grinter) talking directly to the camera (We’re already off to a good start, right?) giving us the definition of a catalyst…Okay. Then we spring into the movie with the introduction of our biker hero/protoganist/lead guy,Herschell played by Steve Hawkes (Who recieves a starring credit not once, but twice!)
Hersch (Who resembles both Elvis and Wolverine and with a burnt left arm to boot!) runs into a cutie who’s car has broken down off the highway. With no dialogue available, we take it that the gal (Angel’s her name) convinces Hersch to join her at a party that her sister’s attending. To make things short, we got a good sister, Angel, the bible-preaching goodie-two-shoes and Ann, who’s the exact opposite, Sex,Drugs,& Rock’n’Roll! But in the end, it’s Ann who ends up tracking and baiting Hersch for the kill. And while Hersch was reluctant to join in on the weed-smoking party in the previous scene, now all of a sudden, he can’t get enough of both the reefer and Ann!
Welp, since it looks like Hersch is gonna stay in town. Might as well find a job. Enter the turkey ranch! But this is no ordinary turkey ranch! Hersch is soon introduced to two scientists (My favorite guys of the whole movie) who encourage Hersch to be a guinea pig to eat their chemically-induced, cooked turkeys! Oh, and a bonus supply of marijuana too! Can’t say no to that!
So what happens to you when you eat an experimental turkey to go along with your drug addiction?That’s right! You become a maniacal, bloodthirsty Turkey-Man! Complete with a plaster turkey head!
Alright, after that, the movie just becomes “Gobble,Gobble”*SCREAM!SCREAM!"Gobble,Gobble"SCREAM!SCREAM! But boy, if it isn’t a blast. It’s got all the production value of MANOS-THE HANDS OF FATE and all the originality of…God knows what! But what makes it most appealing is that this was all meant to be taken seriously. You’ve got the Christian theme with Angel (Which comes back to try to save the day in the end) and our narrator’s frequent interruptions telling the audience what’s wrong with the world today(Via script that he often looks down and reads from!)
And it all just did NOT work. Both in filmmaking terms,“acting”, and in story, the result ends up being a hilarious,twisted joke that you’ll never forget.
Believe me, it’s a unbelievable 90 minutes of your life. And even though the film’s “twist” in the end might not be satisfactory to some, just check out the final segment when we last see the narrator. What he says and what happens to him is a brilliant exclamation point to one of the greatest treasures in filmed history. You read that right.