When the Tarantino/Rodriguez double-feature Grindhouse hit theaters last year, the sudden “popularity” of the term unleashed a fury of bargain basement DVD releases of forgotten films, including a few gems but mostly titles which should have remain forgotten, by companies looking to make a fast buck. Would-be filmmakers across the nation took to their backyard to create their own faux trailers to emulate those created for the intermission of Grindhouse. Plans sputtered along to turn Don’t, Werewolf Women Of The SS, and Thanksgiving into full-length movies, Eli Roth threatened to make a movie of nothing but fake trailers, and Machete was put on the fast track to become a full-length movie.
But while watching Grindhouse, which is an absolutely fantastic ride, there is this little irritating voice in the back of the mind which can’t help but notice that for all the added on scratches, sound pops, and jump cuts to recreate a bygone era of moviemaking, both films still look incredibly modern. Now, prepare yourself for Scott Sanders who has thrown down the gauntlet with Black Dynamite!
Sanders has note-for-note perfectly brought blaxploitation back and looking as bad as ever with this throwback to the world of Dolemite and Foxy Brown. With an almost impossible-to-recognize Michael Jai White in the title role, and co-starring Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, and Roger Yuan as The Fiendish Dr. Wu, the story follows our hero as he fights against The Man who has killed his brother, pumped heroin into the neighborhood orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with malt liquor. His fight takes him from the city streets all the way to the Honky House.
Along with co-writer Byron Minns, Sanders has caught all the dialogue nuances, the character traits, and settings that made these films so enjoyable in the first place. But what is most impressive, what will force you to do a double-take, and head over to IMDB to verify this movie is from 2008, is how the film looks. Sanders has taken what Rodriguez and Tarantino only hinted at and played with, and created a movie that you will swear was dug up from some vault which has been locked since 1975. Take a look at the red-band trailer below, and get ready for the explosive Black Dynamite… COMING SOON!