J.D.'s Revenge (1976)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Thriller  |  25 August 1976 (USA)
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A docile black law student is possessed by a 1940's mobster in mid-70's New Orleans. The mobster seeks revenge upon the people who killed him and his sister.



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Carl (as James Louis Watkins)
Fred Pinkard ...
Theotis Bliss
Jo Anne Meredith ...
Sara Divine
Alice Jubert ...
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Stephanie Faulkner ...
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Enoch Land
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A docile black law student is possessed by a 1940's mobster in mid-70's New Orleans. The mobster seeks revenge upon the people who killed him and his sister. Written by du proserpio <tonypuma@hotmail.com>

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He came back from the dead to possess a man's soul, make love to his woman, and get the Vengeance he craved!


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Lyrics by Joseph A. Greene
Music by Robert Prince and Joseph A. Greene
Sung by Joseph A. Greene
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Dig its razor-blade style?
15 June 2009 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Accomplished, but unspectacular blaxploitation horror with a tremendously ripe lead performance by Glynn Turman in presenting two very different (from placid to extreme) personalities. He plays a genuinely high flying and collected law student Isaac that during a hypnosis session experiences shocking visions and begins to undergo a personality change of a brutally hot-headed and jive-talking 1940's street hustler J.D. Walker. Through flashbacks that erupted in Isacc's mind we learn that J.D was wrongly accused of murder and then killed. Now he's seeking revenge beyond the grave and he's using Isaac to do so.

Director Arthur Macks doesn't generate anything particularly frightening with the flipped-out supernatural current, but works well with the gritty and murky air to cement tough groundwork. There is a ruthlessly razor-sharp vibe throughout, even though the make-up is cheaply done, it's Turman's tour-de-force performance that sells it. Despite a well-rounded story, there are moments in the script that seem to linger and succumb to repetitiveness with a conclusion that feels all too convenient. Robert Prince's unhinged music amusingly experiments with psychedelic sounds from foreboding electronic stings to funky cues. The rest of the performances are efficiently fair with Louis Gossett Jr. and Joan Pringle.

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