Blaxploitation Friday Movie Fun
January 20, 2006 8:49 AM   Subscribe

Many of you have probably heard of "Superfly" with its classic poster, and iconic soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield. However, you might not have heard of some other Blaxploitation films. For Instance "The Black Gestapo" which mixes NAZI aesthetics with the roving bass of a tight funk beat, or perhaps even more ludicrously the 1992 underground Blaxploitation tribute film "Gayniggers From Outer Space".
posted by sourbrew (26 comments total)

 
Btw "The Black Gestapo" is like 5 bucks at amazon, but i didnt really want to put an amazon link on the front page.
posted by sourbrew at 8:51 AM on January 20, 2006


A bunch of imdb and wikipedia links, accompanied by a jpeg hosted on your server? Bad form.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 8:58 AM on January 20, 2006


I've cherished the Superfly soundtrack for a while, and I'm a post-college white boy...

My funk band does a great cover of 'Pusherman' which, along with a small hand-full of others, is a cornerstone of funk music.
I suppose I'd through in a couple Meters tunes, P.Funk, and some Stevie Wonder in there too.
posted by blastrid at 9:00 AM on January 20, 2006


I downloaded Black Gestapo a few months back. Pretty sucky, not worth $5.
posted by the cuban at 9:00 AM on January 20, 2006


You know, I'm a fan of the genre (I named one of my cats Rudy, after Rudy Ray Moore), and there's probably a good post to be made on the subject, but DUDE- a collection of IMDb and Wikipedia links does not a good post make.
posted by mkultra at 9:02 AM on January 20, 2006


And, yeah, pretty lame FPP.
posted by the cuban at 9:02 AM on January 20, 2006


sorry about the image link on my server i figured because it was just an image and not a link to content etc.. that it would be acceptable, and as for the others there isn't a plethora of blaxploitation material on line. This site being the main one. Which has a truly awful interface and i did not think worth posting. I suppose the intent was more to expose you to these films, and if you have already seen them all... which i doubt... then i apologize.
posted by sourbrew at 9:08 AM on January 20, 2006


This place is becoming more and more like Hot or Not for posts every day. This FPP could have been a lot better, but it's even more of a let down to enter the comments forum and see that half of them are just complaints about the post. Maybe if we all work together we can somehow save this post. Does anyone have any good Blaxploitation links to contribute, to make this thread better than what it is?

Here, I've found this. It's an editorial on "Blaxploitation Month" and lists a lot of cool titles to explore. I'm not exactly an expert on the genre so maybe this is stuff everyone already knows, but I found the article to be a good read. =)
posted by ducksauce at 9:13 AM on January 20, 2006


May I recommend blaxploitation.com?
posted by xod at 9:17 AM on January 20, 2006


xod that was the site that i turned down for having a shoddy interface, and sound on launch.
posted by sourbrew at 9:20 AM on January 20, 2006


I love blaxsploitation films. (self link warning)

Here's an interview I conducted with noted blaxsploitation director Jack Hill, director of Coffy and Foxy Brown among others.

I'm trying to work my way up to Pam Grier.
posted by hipnerd at 9:26 AM on January 20, 2006


The most notable thing about "The Black Gestapo" is that Uschi Digard is in it. Yum!

That said, here's a NYT review of same, since we're posting crappy links.

I was going to add that we really need to see a DVD released of Melvin Van Peeble's awesome "Watermelon Man", but I see it's already out.
posted by stinkycheese at 9:34 AM on January 20, 2006


As for amazing links, Record Brother curently has a three disc set of blaxploitation themes and music up on zip files. Believe me, this is some bangin' sheeeeeeeeeit.
posted by stinkycheese at 9:36 AM on January 20, 2006


The people demand Jim Kelly!
posted by infidelpants at 9:37 AM on January 20, 2006


sourbrew: true enough. still, a reasonable database.

And while I like Pam Grier in the Foxy Brown series as much as the next Brother from Another Planet, the most insightful experience of late has been a double feature:

SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG by Melvin Van Peebles

and the documentary by his son, Mario Van Peebles

BAADASSSSS

Also, 'Story of a Three-Day Pass' by Melvin is excellent. Certainly black cinema, not so sure about blaxploitation.
posted by xod at 9:41 AM on January 20, 2006


xod: "SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG by Melvin Van Peebles"

Easily my favourite Blaxploitation film (if it really is that) - the sequence with Come On Feet on the soundtrack is just stunning.

And thanks to hipnerd for saving the thread with that interview - do you have any more info on Hill's back-to-back-to-back-to-back films with Karloff? By the sound of it, they can only be very, very bad good.

Poor form, I know, but consider this a proto-talk page entry:
sourbrew: " I suppose the intent was more to expose you to these films..."

Laudable aim, but if you couldn't muster a single decent link on the topic, why post here? No discussion without links, surely?

posted by jack_mo at 9:46 AM on January 20, 2006


jack_mo well ideally i would have posted torrents, but i'm pretty sure those would have been taken down with a quickness... i'm willing to bet some of the more adventerous folks here will be able to scrounge some up.
posted by sourbrew at 10:06 AM on January 20, 2006


hipnerd, thats a pretty sweet interview, thnx
posted by sourbrew at 10:17 AM on January 20, 2006


Sun Ra's "Space is the Place" is amazing just for the fact that it exists.
posted by ghastlyfop at 10:37 AM on January 20, 2006


When I saw the Superfly poster I thought: lookit the size of that gun. You can hardly see it. The kind of gun you need to look cool on a movie poster has grown since then...
posted by Termite at 10:48 AM on January 20, 2006


Termite, heh i was trying to find a better large one, it exists out there somewhere as i at one point found it and plotted a 42 inch by 4 foot copy of that beast... and the gun is still only like 4 inches
posted by sourbrew at 11:03 AM on January 20, 2006


I love blaxsploitation films.

Me too. My personal favorite, even though the movie is terrible, has got to be Soul Vengeance. How can you not love a movie where "his (main character) murder weapon is his own genitals which are now enormous and super powered as a result of the experiments he endured in prison"
posted by shawnj at 12:32 PM on January 20, 2006


Sun Ra's "Space is the Place" is amazing just for the fact that it exists.

Hell yes, ghastlyfop.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 1:30 PM on January 20, 2006


lol, i've seen gayniggers from outer space.. hope this doesn't turn up when a future employer googles about me

btw a madlib and melvin van peebles album was announced in june 2005
posted by suni at 5:16 PM on January 20, 2006


Black potion soundboard
posted by hortense at 11:41 PM on January 20, 2006


Back in the day, I was a military brat overseas where our base theater screened mostly blaxploitation, chop-socky, spaghetti westerns, giallo, Hammer, AI and Toho fare. It was a 70's B-movie paradise! So I got to dig Super Fly, Blacula et al on the big screen. Soul brothers sticking to The Man were very empowering images not just for their intended audience but for us honky teens too. Everyone needs to connect with their inner Shaft!

Contemporaneous to blaxploitation flicks were the great black concert doc's Wattstax and Soul To Soul (featuring the late Wilson Pickett and linked in his thread).
posted by bonefish at 2:43 AM on January 21, 2006


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