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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Slaughter (1972)

  • Jim Brown
  • Stella Stevens
  • Rip Torn
  • Cameron Mitchell
  • Marlene Clark
Football great Jim Brown makes for an entertaining tough guy hero in this blaxploitation entry from director Jack Starrett. Slaughter (Brown) goes about seeking revenge after a car bomb kills his parents; however, his actions lead to the botching of a federal sting. Federal agent A.W. Price (Cameron Mitchell in a good cameo) offers him a deal wherein Slaughter will travel to South America to take on the mob.

Much like his peer Fred Williamson, Brown projects a fine sense of bad-a** cool. He's always in control, and of course believable in action and fight scenes. He's well supported by the gorgeous Stella Stevens, as the moll whom he romances (Stevens also gets the chance to show off that delectable body of hers) and a typically solid Rip Torn as the ruthless, racist mob thug in his way. Marlene Clark is sexy and enjoyable as a meddlesome agent, while Don Gordon has some great scenes as Slaughters' bumbling partner.

"Slaughter" is a decent mix of sex and violence, with particularly well-done action scenes. It also has just the right amount of comedy. Highlighted by a funky music score and Billy Prestons' downright awesome theme song, "Slaughter" delivers solid blaxploitation goods.


Invisible Woman said...

Weird that I'm reading so much about this movie lately.

Dre'matic said...

i know, right? it was on Starz as i was downloading it last night. any chance we might see the Slaughter's Big Rip-Off posted soon?

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