Thursday, September 29, 2011

Welcome Home Brother Charles (1975)

Director: Jamaa Fanaka

Starring: Mario Monte, Reatha Grey, Stan Kamber, Tiffany Peters, Ben Bigelow, Jake Carter

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He's done his time and now he's out - For revenge!

Plot: Charles is put behind bars thanks to some racist cops who tried to castrate him. After three years in jail he's back on the streets trying to adjust to a normal life...that is until he comes across one of the detectives that did him wrong. Now it's time for revenge with a most unusual murder weapon.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

#32 on 42nd Street Forever Vol. 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

Aka SOUL VENGEANCE, this is one unusual Blaxploitation picture. It's an hour and thirty-eight minutes and the first hour plays out like a low budget Blaxploitation flick but once Charles (Monte) sets his mind on revenge, it takes a turn toward a supernatural horror flick...and it's fun. The last third is much more fun than what came before it. Why is that? Well, he enters the homes of his victims, looks at their wives putting them in a hypnotic state and fucks them standing up without moving. Later, he comes back and...

How 'bout them apples, huh? Charles stands there shaking, his cock growing to about ten feet and strangles the bastards in their own bed. You won't see that kind of murder on CSI, that's for sure. That's some off the charts, fucked up awesome shit right there! Does he exact his revenge to the fullest? Can he live a normal life of peace? You'll need to watch it to find out. I dug the ending, too. It's kind of abrupt & WTF but it works. This isn't your typical urban drama, Blaxploitation picture. It was made on a very minuscule budget by a UCLA film student. It's not a shiny example of how to make a movie but it works. Is it so-bad-it's-good? Yes, but it's also entertaining beyond that. I can't understand why it has such a low rating on IMDb. It's not nearly that bad. Apparently there's a longer cut out there. Maybe someday it'll surface.

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