Many of these Blaxploitation films have an entertaining B movie vigour and psychotronic appeal but J.D.'s Revenge is only a routine variant on The Exorcist (1973). It is slow and dull from the outset one can see what is going to happen and the film takes half its running time to allow its characters to catch up with the audience. The ending muddies its morals by revealing J.D. to be less a badass disembodied spirit than a justly aggrieved soul who has come back to avenge his murder.
The films one interesting spin is in making J.D.s nemesis a holy-rolling Gospel preacher, played by later-to-be Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Lou Gossett Jr. Glynn Turman gives a mean-minded performance as J.D. the film has an unpleasant number of protracted scenes of women being taken by force. It does have the amusing moment where a doctor advises Glynn Turman: Take it easy, man smoke some weed.
Director Arthur Marks, a former producer on Perry Mason (1957-66), made a number of other Blaxploitation films of the era with Bucktown (1975), Friday Foster (1975) and The Monkey Hu$tle (1976). His one other genre film was the quasi-psycho film The Roommates (1973). The film was shot on location in New Orleans, which lends its legendary vibrant carnality that adds much to the film.
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