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Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song Review


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Once X-rated and widely reviled, Melvin van Peebles' blaxploitation "classic" still doesn't fare well by either artistic standards or simple good taste, but any student of the genre is well advised to check it out. From the first scene -- in which our hero is scene as a young boy, earning his nickname as he vigorously mounts a hooker -- the film screams of obscenity. From then on, it's typical ghetto themes -- dead white guy, racist cops, Black Panthers, and a little jaunt to Mexico. Viva la Peebles!

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I Drink Your Blood Review


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Quick: Name your favorite movie about Satanist hippies on acid with rabies. If, somehow, your answer was anything other than I Drink Your Blood, we ask that you contact our offices right away. Then again, we may want those of you who managed the correct answer to call as well. Made by writer/director David Durston in 1970, I Drink Your Blood is yet another one of those vintage drive-in features whose distribution network pretty much eliminated the possibility of its reaching a certain audience in its day. Although the Los Angeles Times' Kevin Thomas has gone on record with an enthusiastic quote, we're guessing that not a lot of established critics had a go at it then or any time since.

Fangoria's new DVD release (including more extras than you might guess that a film entitled I Drink Your Blood could generate) may change that to a modest extent. And this critic will go on record as concurring with at least part of Thomas's summation: I Drink Your Blood is indeed "edge of the seat entertainment."

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