J.D.'s Revenge (1976)

Genres - Drama, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Blaxploitation, Melodrama, Supernatural Horror  |   Release Date - May 31, 1976 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This stylish and very entertaining blend of the horror and "Blaxploitation" genres takes some creative risks on a seriously limited budget but manages to deliver the gory goods. The story begins in New Orleans in the mid-1940s, with black crime kingpin J.D. Walker (David McKnight) shot dead on Bourbon Street. Flash forward to the present, when clean-cut college student Ike (Cooley High's Glynn E. Turman) falls under the malevolent influence of the ghostly gangster. As he begins to exhibit J.D.'s boisterous, violent traits, Ike seeks out a local minister (Louis Gossett, Jr., in a standout performance) -- who had once played a role in the gangster's execution -- to exact his revenge. This cult favorite has seen a revival of sorts on home video and primarily remains in the public eye due to the novelty value of its soundtrack: all songs are performed by the artist soon to be known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince -- who also supplies the vocal for " Will Never Let You Go".

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demon, ghost, Black [race], demonic-possession, gangster, possession, revenge, supernatural