Sub-Cinema February Blacksploitation Special!!
For February’s movie schedule we are excited to present a season of some of the funkiest 70’s flicks around, our Blacksplotation special!!
The term ‘Blacksploitation’ was coined in the early 70’s to describe an ethnic sub-genre of the general category of exploitation films. Featuring a predominantly, if not full black cast, the genre was initially made specifically for an urban black audience, but quickly appealed to a much wider group of people. Spanning various subtypes of films such as crime, martial arts, westerns, horror and comedy, one thing that almost certainly features heavily throughout the blacksploitation genre is the use of amazing funk, soul and jazz soundtracks with many of the greatest composers and song writers of that time creating some of their best work for movies. Dry humour, sharp language, amazing wardrobes and slick soundtracks – get ready for one hell of a month of bad assssss cinema!
** Unfortunately none of these movies are available in China and so are in English language only**
Tuesday 7th February – Coffy (1973)
For the first time in almost 2 and a half years, Sub-Cinema are playing a movie for the second time. The first movie we ever screened, how could we do a Blacksploitation month without the funkiest woman herself – Pam Grier, in possibly her best role – COFFY!
Coffy, a beautiful young nurse, is fed up with the narcotics that have infiltrated the inner city. When her eleven-year-old sister is hospitalized after shooting some contaminated heroin, Coffy sets out on a mission of vengeance and vigilante justice, killing drug dealers, pimps, and mobsters who cross her path.
Coffy was Pam Grier’s first ever lead role and instantly became a blaxploitation classic. One of the main inspirations for Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (also starring Grier as the lead) Coffy combines a great plot, killer script and some of the funkiest outfits you’ve ever seen, all accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack provided by the one and only Roy Ayers! The perfect way to kick off Sub-Cinema’s Blacksploitation season!
‘It was easy for him because he really didn’t believe it was comin’, but it ain’t gonna be easy for you, because you better believe it’s comin’!’ – Coffy
Tuesday 14th February – Black Belt Jones (1974)
No Blacksploitation series could ever be without the black Bruce Lee himself – Mr Jim ‘The Dragon’ Kelly, in one of his most celebrated roles – BLACK BELT JONES!
A Mafia buy out of Papa Byrd’s karate school downtown ends up getting violent and results in his death, but Byrd’s daughter, Sydney, refuses to sell and wants revenge. When things start looking tough for the school, Papa Byrd’s top student Black Belt Jones teams up with Sydney to dish out some sweet, funky revenge!
After winning an International Middle Weight Karate competition in Long Beach, James M Kelly, aka Jim ‘The Dragon’ Kelly, opened up his own Dojo and, after teaching karate to actor Calvin Lockhart for his role in ‘Melinda’, ended up getting involved in acting himself. Kelly is best known for his role in Bruce Lee’s ‘Enter The Dragon’ but he has also starred in a whole slew of black martial arts classics including ‘Three The Hard Way’, ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Black Samson’. Black Belt Jones is a hard hitting, sharp kicking blacksploitation classic with a killer soundtrack by the great Dennis Coffey!
‘Choose money over honey? Shiiiiit. Man, you can pull out my groin, just gimme that coin! Man, I’d rather be dead than not have any bread! Pinky’s mama didn’t raise no fool!’ – Pinky
Tuesday 21st February – Black Caesar (1973)
Fred Williamson is imposing, tough and unflappable as a street kid who muscles his way into the big-time mob racket in this super slick crime drama!
Tommy Gibbs (Williamson) has always had it tough. Growing up on the streets without a father and trying to make his mother proud, Tommy resorts to running errands for The Man. But when a crooked cop beats him up, Tommy realizes there’s a better way to live – by making the man deliver for him! Infiltrating, and then destroying, the infamous Cardoza family, Tommy takes over Manhattan as the first black Godfather and puts the squeeze on anyone who dares get in his way. But as he tightens his grip on others, he loses his hold on the most important things in his own life, making him the vulnerable target of every cutthroat gangster who ever dreamt of ruling an empire!
After retiring from his career in American Football, Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson took to the big screen and starred in some of the best blacksploitation movies ever made, as well as later starring in a whole array of movies including Rodriguez’s ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ and even a cameo in Snoop Doggy Dogg’s ‘Doggy Dogg World’ music video. Black Caesar was by far his most celebrated role in the blacksploitation genre, and paired up with a soundtrack by the godfather himself, Mr James Brown, Black Caesar is one cat not to mess with!
Hail Caesar, Godfather of Harlem…The Cat with the .45-Caliber Claws!
Tuesday 28th February – Sub-Cinema Double Bill!
Blacula (1972) & Scream Blacula, Scream (1973)
Rounding off a great month of blacksploitation we present a double bill from the funkiest corners of hell – Blacula and Scream Blacula, Scream!
He’s the black avenger. He’s Dracula’s soul brother number obe. He’s the baddest creature to hit the midnight hour since Dr Funkenstein was risen from the groove. He may be one of the slickest, meanest vampires ever unleashed onto the silver screen but he ain’t no sucker. He’s BLACULA and he’s one strange dude with a thirst that needs to be satisfied. Brilliantly inventive and overflowing with atmospheric horror chills, BLACULA’s blood thirsty celluloid legacy makes the perfect Sub-Cinema double bill!
With a magnetic performance from thespian actor Mashall Williams as the black Prince of Shadows and a funked up, killer soundtrack from famed producer/composer Gene Page, BLACULA raised the standards for blacksploitation cinema. Along with Superfly, Shaft and Coffy, it remains a cult classic!
SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM rises above is b-movie status with enough lush cinematography to give Hammer Horror a run for its money. Taking things to a new level is seventies icon Pam Grier (Coffy) as a shapely voodoo priestess in this tale of black magic and revenge!
Sub-Cinema – Every Tuesday Night @ Dada, 115 XingFu Lu. Doors @ 8pm, Screening @ 9pm. Free Entry, Free Popcorn