Slaughter Double Feature Review

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Ex-Green Beret, Mr. Slaughter (Jim Brown) finds out that his parents have been killed in a car bombing. Slaughter knew his dad had mob connections, but his mother didn't. Nevertheless, Slaughter's out for blood. But the Treasury Department wants to join in on the fun since the baddies that they're after are not only responsible for the hit, but just for the usual underworld business. The trail leads to Mexico where the head honcho, Mario Felice (Norman Alfe) and his #1 goon, Dominic Hoffo (Rip Torn) reside. And just to get this out of the way, Dominic is your typical slimy honky. Slaughter is paired with agents Kim (Marlene Clark) and "Marcus" (Don Gordon), but he also gets his libido a workout when Dominic's lady, Ann (Stella Stevens) is sent to spy on Slaughter. And wouldn't you know it? Ann ends up falling deep in love with Slaughter! Everything soon concludes rather nicely once the bullets and the explosions close out the show.

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This being one of the early action-packed Blaxploitation titles, it's good to know that this one doesn't disappoint. Jack Starrett's direction is rather crisp and never providing a dull moment, despite everything being by-the-numbers. Though there's nothing earth-shattering about Jim Brown's performance, he does good enough with what he's given. And I'd also like to give props to Don Gordon. You loved to hate him in The Mack, but you'll grow to love him as Slaughter's sidekick. Kudos also goes to the design of the opening credits-sequence along with Billy Preston's smashing title-song. You can't honestly ask for a better set-up for some modest Blaxploitation-action fun.

Unhappy about getting their fellow gangsters getting blasted out of Mexico, the mob wants revenge against Slaughter. After an unsuccessful (but unusual) attempt on his life, Slaughter ain't gonna quietly sit this one out. And, as with the previous movie, the police department (once again) bargains with Slaughter to help him out in bringing the mob to justice. This time, the head honcho is Duncan (Ed McMahon...Yup, THAT Ed McMahon) and his #1 goon, Kirk (Don Stroud), who's slightly less than a bigot than Rip Torn's "Dominic".

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Where as the first movie was more of a James Bond-clone with the scope and spectacle of exotic locales, fancy sets, etc, this sequel seems to take a page out of the common vigilante/type movies that were around at that time which starred Charles Bronson and such. Even though everything is still by-the-numbers plot wise, Slaughter has a different selection of allies this time around. Including the love interest, Marcia (Gloria Hendry), a cop (Brock Peters) and a pimp/safecracker named Creole (Dick Anthony Williams). Williams (Billed as Richard Williams) basically reprises his famous pimp role in The Mack and it's too bad we don't get to see more of him in this movie. So, like I said, even though "Slaughter Part 2" isn't more of a bright, fun entry than it was like the first time, it's slight, blunt attitude and down-to-earth approach (Slaughter definitely does more talking than fighting this time around) helps it being as non-repetitive despite the similar plot.

Reviewed by Laydback

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