JD's Revenge (1976) Review

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JD's Revenge (1976) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on June 10th, 2019 | Movie Review | Back from the Dead, Drama, Thriller, Revenge, Black Horror

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It's about a guy named JD who was a real nice guy, before he became an ice cold bad-ass pimp, before reverting to a nice guy again, all thanks to the vengeful spirit of an ice cold bad-ass pimp.

J.D.'s Revenge was directed by Arthur Marks and stars Glynn Turman (from John Dies at the End), Louis Gossett, Jr.  (from Bram Stoker’s Legend Of The Mummy, Jaws 3-D) and Julian Christopher (from Whisper, Severed).

He came back from the dead to possess a man's soul

JD's Revenge Review

JD's Revenge is a black horror movie from the 70's, an era that produced other great classics including Blacula and Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde . Blackula was a vampire movie, Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde was a mad scientist movie and JD's Revenge was a possession movie. But, not a possession movie like The Exorcist where the devil jumps in someone and makes them puke slime, JD is more stylish than that.

JD's Revenge is more of a dramatic thriller than a horror movie. You follow along with two characters from two different era's simultaneously. One, Isaac, is from the present and the other, JD Walker, from the 40's. Isaac is a mild-mannered law student with a nice girlfriend. JD Walker is a gangster pimp with a stable of hoes. For reasons beyond the scope of this review, JD jumps into Issac and... well let's just say he strains the relationship with Isaac's nice girlfriend.

I really liked this movie, but not for the reasons I expected. I thought it was going to be a horror, but the characters, story and style ran so deep that I liked it despite the lack of a horror vibe.

Worth Watching?

If you're looking for black horror than it's safe to skip this one. It's not really a horror movie, there's probably more drama than suspense overall. But if you're cool with 70's thrillers, this is one of the best.


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