Though there were a couple of films in 1970, the blaxploitation subgenre really hit its stride in 1971 with the release of two seminal films: Sweet Sweetback’s Badassssss Song and Shaft. The next few years saw a steady increase in these types of films but by 1976 there was a marked decrease in Blaxploitation films and the subgenre was all but dead by 1979.
One of the interesting things that came out of this subgenre was an even smaller subset of blaxploitation films which also fell within the horror genre. Some of these are minor classics like Blacula, its sequel Scream, Blacula, Scream, and the Exorcist takeoff, Abby. Some are known more because of how bad they are, such as Blackenstein. And then you have 1976’s J.D.’s Revenge which, if not a minor classic, may be best described as an overlooked gem.
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