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Here it is! The only movie in the world where a hair-stylist mows down a couple of bad guys with a chainsaw!

Mr. Johnathan (John Daniels) is the land's most wanted hair-stylist, because the ladies just happen to like other things he does to them aside from making their hair look good (if you know what I mean and I think you do). But along comes a shady secretary (Tanya Boyd), who may or may not be truly in love with Mr. Johnathan. It's only a matter of time 'til some mobsters begin to terrorize the beauty shop. Looks like it's time for "Black Shampoo" to save the day!

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At first, this movie seemed to take the top spot in my guilty pleasures list. But the more I see it, the more it seems to define 70's exploitation cinema at it's *almost* finest. Funky musical score, wild fashions, gratuitous sex/nudity/violence, politically incorrect attitudes and over the top characters. It's all here.

Probably the only fault I initially had with it was that John Daniel's certainly looks the part of the tough guy/stud, but he displays about 2% charisma throughout the whole movie. But then, I thought what if someone like Fred Williamson or Jim Brown played the lead character, for this type of movie, it just wouldn't work. So, a fresh face was wisely chosen.

As a blaxploitation flick, midnight movie, Mystery Science Theater movie...It doesn't matter. Black Shampoo seems to work well on any wild occasion.

Reviewed by Laydback

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