Director: Arthur Marks
Screenplay: Jaison Starkes
Starring: Glynn Turman, Louis Gossett Jr, Joan Pringle
Running Time: 96 min
BBFC Certificate: TBC
Arrow have done it again travelling back in time to the 1970’s to unleash another little known delight into the twenty-tens.
Isaac Hendrix (Glynn Turman) is a student studying law in New Orleans and raises a little extra cash by driving a taxi in his spare time. He takes his wife Christella (Joan Pringle) and friends out for a rather unusual evening of entertainment, I don’t think many wives would be impressed with his choice of venue. The evening takes a disastrous turn for the worse when Isaac becomes hypnotised in a stage show and is possessed by the spirit of 1940’s small time crook, J.D. Walker. Isaac becomes less and less able to control the spirit overtaking him, he even starts to dress and act like JD and attacks his wife when she makes fun of his new hair style.
Eventually Isaac is entirely under JDs’ power and looks for revenge against Theotis Bliss (Fred Pinkard) the killer of JD’s sister, Betty Jo . Isaac causes mayhem on the way to confront Theotis’ brother Elijah (Gossett Jr) and gets Elijah to set up a meeting with Theotis. At the same time Isaacs’ wife has gone to see her ex-husband who happens to be an officer of the law. The cop thinks that Isaac is making up his JD persona, until he mentions the name to his boss and finds out that JD was a real gangster murdered thirty years ago in a meat locker. Betty Jo was bumped off by Theotis Bliss because she attempted to blackmail him, there is a mix-up and Elijah accuses JD of murdering Betty Jo. Theotis takes his chance to cover up his murder of Betty Jo by quickly killing JD. Thirty years later Elijah eventually finds out that JD was not the killer and sets about putting things right.
This brand new 2K restoration of JD’s Revenge from the original elements has been produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release. It is a high definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation with the original 1.0 mono sound and optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Squeezed in is a brand new interview with producer-director Arthur Marks, more interviews yet to be announced and original theatrical trailer. The production is perfectly finished off with Arthur Marks trailer reel and reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips. With the first pressing only is a collector’s booklet containing new writing by Kim Newman, author of Nightmare Movies.
I enjoyed this 1970’s romp through gangland, the acting is strong and the storyline engaging, it delivers a nice slice of retro cool. JD’s Revenge is released by Arrow Films as a fascinating two disc haunted experience on the 30th October in dual format. The release has been loaded to excess with extras by Arrow Films, as always and its worth a punt to rediscover this lost gem.