Wednesday, December 8, 2010
TNT JACKSON (1974)
Director Cirio H. Santiago was responsible for a ton of exploitation flicks throughout the the 70's and then a bunch of cheap-ass action epics that went straight to video in the 80's and 90's. Shot for pennies in the Philippines most of them aren't all that great but they must have made money for someone cuz he never stopped churning them out until he died in 2008. This one was made for Roger Corman's New World Pictures and was co-written by cult actor fav Dick Miller. It's sort of a mash-up of a kung-fu and blaxploitation flick that comes of as a crappier version of Pam Grier's FOXY BROWN. You get a little blood and some boobs(including a cool topless-fu scene by star Jeanne Bell). Bell's acting and fighting is pretty awful but it fits in well in a trashy film of this type. The plot is your basic brother is killed now I must get revenge type and it plays out exactly how you expect it to. Not the worst or best of either of the genres it's part of. Check it out for the great giant afros though.