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SUGAR HILL (1974)

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SUGAR HILL (1974)

Thursday, 12 July 2012 19:18

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 The Buzz:

     The script writers in Exploitation Town are at it again. After some gangsters murder her boyfriend for the rights to his nightclub, Sugar Hill embarks on a quest to avenge her fallen man. No she doesn't go on a Rambo-esque shoot-em-up-car-chase rampage through town, like most other exploitation flicks. She goes one step further, summoning a small army of zombies to avenge her boyfriend's death!

 

Life of the Party:

     Did you catch that? Cause that last bit bears repeating. She SUMMONS A SMALL ARMY OF ZOMBIES TO AVENGE HER BOYFRIEND'S DEATH! But it bears mentioning that these aren't your average Romero or 28 Days Later kind of zombies. These are voodoo zombies. And their leader, Baron Samedi (which they pronounce as Baron Zombie, which could be the actual case, or they just did a ripoff of the character from the 1973 Bond film Live or Let Die) has got to be one of my favorite movie characters of all time. He is immortal, a trickster, controls an army of zombies, and among other things, is apparently a legendary love maker/womanizer.

     Where the fuck to do I sign up for THAT job?

     This movie is classic 70's exploitation, with the added twist of kick-ass zombies. Over-the-top characters, some truly great dialogue, and just that classic grind house “something” make Sugar Hill a real pleasure to watch.

 

Potential Hangovers:

     Some of the things that make Sugar Hill great are also some of it's weaknesses. This is a 70's grind house exploitation flick, which were kind of like the Sci-Fi Original films of their day; they were usually cranked out as quickly and cheaply as possible for some quick thrills, which does show in some of the film's aspects.

 

The Vibe:

     I watched this film solo and enjoyed the hell out of it. I think that if I had initially watched it with a group, it could have been even better. And feel free to drink wantonly during, since with the exception of the zombies, it's the same storyline as every other exploitation flick out there. I wouldn't recommend Sugar Hill for a party movie, as party movies should be flashier and more visually engaging.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ SHE SUMMONS A SMALL ARMY OF ZOMBIES TO AVENGE HER BOYFRIEND'S DEATH! (I just hope I can engender that kind of loyalty in a woman some day, with the POSSIBLE exception of that overattachedgirlfriend.meme)

+ Surprisingly good film for a 70's exploitation movie that includes zombies

+ Memorable characters, good story (if unoriginal)

+/- You either love exploitation films, or you hate them

- Does look kind of cheap

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