Blood and Sugar

This week’s Two of a Grind will piggy back off of the last couple of weeks of Stream a Little Stream and features some great black cinema… but of course when we’re talking about The Grindhouse Channel, we’re talking sleazy exploitation films, midnight movies, and the like.

Here’s a terrible terrific twofer of American exploitation:

Our first selection this week is 1982’s British exploitation horror film, Blood Tide. A younger James Earl Jones (still 51, mind you he’s now 85) stars in this story of an adventure seeker who mistakenly unleashes a monster while exploring Greece. The only way to appease this ancient monster is to sacrifice virgins (of course). Schlocky, fun, worth a watch for sure.

Blood Tide

Our second selection is a blaxploitation classic; Sugar Hill (1974) is the story of Diana “Sugar” Hill (played by Philly’s own Marki Bey) and her zombie hitmen.

In classic blaxploitation fashion, the white antagonist, in this case prominent horror and genre actor Robert Quarry, wrongs a group of black folks. Sugar enlists Mama Maitresse and Loa (voodoo spirit) Baron Samedi. With their help, an army of undead slaves join her forces to take down the gang of white mobsters.

Sugar Hill

See you all with more picks next week, keep grindin’.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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