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Movie Details

Title:   Brotherhood of Death
Director:   Bill Berry
Year:   1976
Genre:   Soul Cinema
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   04.26.06

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
04.26.06Alamo DowntownThis Screening is part of event: Best of QT Fest
In Quentin's decidedly less-energetic intro to the second film of the night (I think something happens to him during the first film... this is the third night where the first intro has been incredible and the second has been drained and short), he describes this film as a regional blaxploitation classic, his favorite even. It's also, surprisingly enough, the only film to directly involve the KKK in a serious manner. You'd think black power movie after black power movie would involve KKK redneck beatdowns but I guess not... maybe it's because all the funding was up north or something... who knows. This movie really take it on though. Quentin's also pretty sure it had to be shot on the DL, saying "You thought Hollywood Man had problems getting his movie made, these guys'd have burning crosses on the set!" A few times in the film the camera lingers at a billboard saying "Support your local Clan" that looks too authentic to be art department. The redneck "actors" are all surprisingly method as well... one klan rally scene in particular cuts to each redneck and his own distinctive feature (lazy eye, missing teeth, overbite, etc.). Then there's a trio of ex-NFL players doing a pretty decent job of playing buddies. They go to 'Nam and learn special tactics that they then use on the whiteys at the end. I don't know where they found those rubber masks that they put on a few whiteman captives but man oh man they'd be Sharpton-bait today.

The movie is good to the point where I didn't bother to write down specific notes. It's got funny moments sure, but I was too engrossed to worry about jotting them down for later. Of course that makes this write-up pretty sucky but oh well. I think other people have recounted most of them... i'll just check their stuff to remember specifics. The main thing is that it's got some extremely justified violence in the end that had everyone cheering. That and there's this song called High Horse that's extremely catchy and now burned into my brain forever. The Wipeout music? nah, can't remember it anymore... my head's filled with this High Horse tune.
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