Black Santas Revenge DVD Review
Written by: Goon
Blaxploitation has always been one of my favorite sub genres of the grindhouse era. Coffy, Foxy Brown, Abby, the list goes on and on. Its just the over the top writing that makes most of these films really shine and Black Santa's Revenge is no exception. The violence is grandiose, the gore is bad ass and the women shake what they got. It is always great to not only have a great basis for a short film like this which is twenty minutes long but that you have a strong cast. Now with someone like Ken Foree in your corner, you can't go wrong.
The film begins as Black Santa is spending time with all the kids down at the shelter. He is listening to all their wishes and promises them they will all get something good come Christmas day. Once his work is done with the kids he goes down stairs to check the donations and he is pleased to find that this year they have received more then enough gifts for all the kids. Unfortunately some street thugs show up and quickly take out jolly ol Black Santa. When he awakens he discovers that they took all the gifts for the children to sell for profit.
After waking up from the knock out blow he discovers that the cops are not going to help him out. So he goes to the local titty bar to wash away his problems. But luckily for him he recognizes one of the gang members who jumps him and with a shotgun in hand he is about to exact some bloody revenge on Christmas Eve.
This film was actually originally a short comic that appeared in BadAzz Mofo. It was of course all conceived by the very man who directed the short, David Walker. Now when you put the writer and creator in the directors chair you know that they are going to give it their all to make sure this is one rockin flick that you are gonna watch every Holiday season.
During this review I have mentioned that this is another blaxploitation/grindhouse flick. Well no worries here because this is the real deal. It doesn't really try to pay homage it just IS. The budget was pennies and the action is packed. Walker didn't have millions at his disposal and with this I think he created a true grindhouse film that delivers on all levels.
The short is full of some fantastic one liners and great on-screen presence from Ken Foree. I don't think anyone could have donned the Santa costume better than him in this film. The only down side I can see to this whole short is that it is not a feature length movie! The director David Walker obviously knew exactly what look he was going for and he went out and did it. A really crowning achievement not only among Christmas flicks but Blaxploitation as well. So warm yourself up a cup of hot chocolate, snuggle up next to the fire and get ready for one kick ass trip.
- Luke Franklin