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
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According to the people who made that documentary entitled "The 50 Worst Films Ever Made", this mixture between horror and blaxploitation is irredeemably awful and hopeless. Luckily their opinions don't mean a damn thing to me and decided to watch it anyway. What I saw was a reasonably cool blaxploitation variant on "The Exorcist" with a strong first half and a sadly disappointing climax. The opening sequences are terrific and take place in the New Orleans of 1942. Loud-mouthed thug JD Walker is wrongfully accused of murdering his pregnant sister and executed on the spot by the real culprit; a jealous local big shot. Thirty years later in present New Orleans, the young law student and part-time taxi driver Ike volunteers to be hypnotized in a sleazy nightclub and becomes possessed with the vengeful spirit of J.D. Ike first suffers from a series of visions, showing in episodes what overcome to the real J.D, and from there onwards he becomes an instrument for extracting vengeance. With a sharp razor ready to cut anyone who crosses his path, Ike goes after Elijah Bliss the brother who knocked up J.D's sister but nowadays pretends to be a devoted preacher. Okay, so here we have an obscure blaxploitation outsider with a relatively original premise, nifty set-up and a couple of really strong sequences during the first half hour. So this is great stuff, right? Not exactly, no In spite of a satisfying first half and overall very enthusiast acting performances from the ensemble cast, "J.D.'s Revenge" inexplicably turns into a boring and cowardly lame film. Cowardly, because it never fully dares to develop into a horror flick and merely remains a prototypic blaxploitation effort with magnified clichés, like overlong preaches and exaggerated gangster stereotypes. One too many scenes of misogynist violence, too.
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