J.D.’s Revenge (1976) Arrow Video Blu Ray Review

Posted November 9, 2017 by in Horror

Rating

Our Score
 
 
 
 
 

3/ 5

Length: 96 minutes
 
Release Date: 1976
 
Studio: Arrow Video
 
Genre: ,
 
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Pros:

The blu ray looks splendid. It's an unusual hybrid of blaxploitation, thriller, and horror.
 

Cons:

A nasty vibe runs through the whole movie. Not for everyone's tastes.
 
Verdict

Synopsis: 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. Review: Cab driver Isaac (Glynn Turman) is out with his girlfriend and some friends when they impulsively stop at a theater where a hypnotist is performing. […]

by david j. moore
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Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Cab driver Isaac (Glynn Turman) is out with his girlfriend and some friends when they impulsively stop at a theater where a hypnotist is performing. As a gag, Isaac goes on stage to be put under, and while everyone is enjoying the fun of it all, he is inhabited by the spirit of a long dead gangster from the 1940’s named J.D. Walker (David McKnight), who was killed during an altercation after the brutal death of a pregnant woman. Over the course of the next few days and weeks, Isaac transforms into the vengeful, hateful man, the sociopathic J.D. After raping his own girlfriend and exhibiting startling violence in public, Isaac begins to realize that he’s been possessed and starts piecing together the mystery of what happened to J.D., and as J.D. manifests himself in Isaac’s body, those who wronged J.D. will have hell to pay for what they did to him all those years ago.

An unusual mix of blaxpoitation, revenge thriller, and horror film, J.D.’s Revenge is an oddity to be sure. From director Arthur Marks (Bucktown, Friday Foster), it has all the right ingredients to make cross-pollinated fans happy with excessive violence, sex, nudity, and evil spirit hoodoo. It’s not for everyone and ends on a really happy note for having such a nasty vibe through most of the movie.

Arrow Video has just released a premium blu ray / DVD combo pack of this title. Arrow restored the film to 2K from the original film elements, and special features include a new retrospective documentary called “The Killing Floor.” Other special features include trailers, interviews, and a newly commissioned piece of artwork for the cover.

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david j. moore
david j. moore

david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars.