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Title:   Black Shampoo
Director:   Greydon Clark
Year:   1976
Genre:   Soul Cinema
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   02.23.08

Other Movies Seen By This Director (3)
- Joysticks
- Satan's Cheerleaders
- Without Warning

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
02.23.08Netflix SO I'm halfway through The Education of Sonny Carson (more on that when I get around to finishing it) and those that have seen it know how serious in tone and far away from exploitation it is... and it's just such a heavy movie so to take a break from that and watch this is like waking up from a dream where you're drowning. This movie is so much fun! It's hard to figure out where to start and I'm sure I won't cover everything that was great about it but I particularly loved John Daniels' lead performance. I haven't seen Getting Over or Candy Tangerine Man but the DVD has a phone interview where he says he mostly just played himself throughout his career so I can't imagine him getting much better as an actor. He's pretty terrible here, but in the best possible way. His laconic delivery and steadfast refusal to emote make the superman aspects of his character all the better. Like I have no idea how he's such a hotshot hairdresser to afford some remote cabin in the woods and keep a handyman on full retainer, but I accept it. I also accept his awesome staff in the form of two effeminite gays and a smokin hot receptionist who inadvertantly gets him mixed up in adventure. Most pointedly, I love how much said smokin hot receptionist is naked in this movie. Wowza. Sure it's funny too and turns into an action movie at the end but it's also funny which is important. The music's great but also riding that edge of borderline incompetant. The grooves are funky but the actual scoring and mixing are pretty rough and it, along with many many other touches, makes that classic "good kind of bad" atmosphere where inept things are somehow enjoyable because its evident how little time (Clark shot the movie in 2 weeks) and money (for 60 grand) the filmmakers had to work with.

And then there's the ending sequence... which I don't mind saying that I kind of didn't see coming.

So this shoots up there to one of my favs of the genre as well as now being my favorite Greydon Clark movie. Of course I haven't seen Lambada: The Forbidden Dance yet (and Terror Thursday regulars know that I'm not making a joke with that reference), but still.
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