Black Shampoo/Review

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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!


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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