The Black Gestapo (1975)
Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz; midnight screening, Wed. Jan 5.
320 E. 6th St., Austin, Texas
Truly one of the blaxploitation era's strangest cinematic offspring, Lee Frost's The Black Gestapo plays like something created ironically for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse experiment. Featuring castration, lots of topless women, and actual Nazi footage juxtaposed with some of the genre's trademark funk, the film's premise takes the theme of black power to an utterly tasteless extreme. Fed up with the white Syndicate running crime in 1970s Los Angeles, Colonel Koja, a power-hungry member of the benevolent People's Army, forms an SS-style task force that takes justice into its own hands. After dispatching with some of the Syndicate's leaders, the Black Gestapo is unable to prevent itself from succumbing to the temptations of power, and it's left to General Ahmed, the original leader of the People's Army, to stop Koja. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but guaranteed to deliver the tacky goods—just look at the poster if you're not convinced. Click below to see the Black Gestapo trailer...