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The top 5 “worst” blaxploitation films ever made

If you thought the likes of Dolemite, Shaft, Cleopatra Jones, Truck Turner, Sheba Baby and Trouble Man were of a dubious quality, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

This November we’re showing Jim Kelly’s Black Samurai which, despite the presence of midget hit men and a killer vulture, is not regarded as one of the high points of the blaxploitation genre. However, it is by no means the worse…
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SOLD OUT: BLACK SAMURAI (1977) – 21st November, Templegate Dojo, Temple Meads

Listen up you jive turkeys! We’re showing Jim Kelly’s cult blaxploitation/martial arts movie Black Samurai at an actual Bristol dojo! Can you dig it? Continue reading SOLD OUT: BLACK SAMURAI (1977) – 21st November, Templegate Dojo, Temple Meads

Masters of Bedminster: We have the power!

Last night in Victoria Park, Bedminster, the Bristol Bad Film Club sent the people of Bristol back to the 80s with a special nostalgia-fest outdoor screening of Masters of the Universe. Allow me to set the scene.

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect evening
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening

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HERCULES IN NEW YORK (1969) – 24th July 2014, Redgrave Theatre, Clifton

“Ha, ha, ha. You have strucked Hercules!” – Come see Arnie, and his loose grasp of English, in his first ever starring role. 

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That damn gang and their stupid cocaine

Last Thursday, at The Cuban in Bristol, we showed our first film of 2014, Miami Connection, to a crowd over 180 people. 

Our fifth film overall, this was by far our largest: our previous largest screening had been to ‘just’ 110 people. With over 150 advance tickets sold for Miami Connection, this is hopefully a sign of things to come for 2014. Bristol has developed a taste for bad cinema, and we’re the guys with the menu.

I (Tim) kicked off with a brief welcome, before handing over to a couple of reps from the Travelling Light Theatre Company, the charity we were sponsoring for this screening. After a short video briefly outlining what they do, co-founder Ti introduced the film itself.

With a video explaining who Miami Connection writer, star, and all round awesome guy, YK Kim actually is, the audience was well prepared for the awful, awful majesty of what was to follow.

From my vantage point at the back, the audience reaction was unparalleled. Quite how many knew what they had let themselves in for, I don’t know. But I do know that many, many people went home with their lives changed after this event. Battling back tears of joy, I heard one audience member say with disbelief, “I am SO GLAD I came”.

This is what Bristol Bad Film Club is about. We didn’t start the club to make money, we started the club so we could travel through time. No, wait, that was the DeLorean. We started the club to watch bad films and have a good time. Watching a bad film on your own is OK. Watching a bad film in a group is immense. Watching a film in a group, with a drink and some food, and a great setting is the best.

One of the highlights of the evening was the visceral reaction to the trailer for what we have coming next. A custom-made teaser trailer made by Gaby Staniszewska delivered exactly what we needed. A resounding YES at the first glimpse of, followed by more recognition at the second glimpse.

Because, in February, we are, finally, showing…