Category Archives: American History Ex

American History Ex: The New Master Race

American History Ex is an exploratory examination of exploitation film, a continuing column celebrating “low culture.” This month is Blaxploitation History Month.

After the amazingly ridiculous Three the Hard Way and it’s pseudo-Neo Nazi antagonists, I was inspired to check out a film that I was extremely wary of, initially. As intriguing as it is, it seems so… wrong… in so many ways. But still, how could you not watch a Blaxploitation movie called The Black Gestapo. Continue reading

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American History Ex: The Big Three

American History Ex is an exploratory examination of exploitation film, a continuing column celebrating “low culture.” This month is Blaxploitation History Month.

What better follow-up to the Super Bowl than a 1974 Blaxploitation flick that has absolutely nothing to do with football other than the fact that it stars two former NFL players, one of whom briefly played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. If that’s not relevant, then I don’t know what is… and if you ain’t got relevance, you can never ever carry it off… Continue reading

American History Ex: The Blaxorcist

Unfortunately, “The Blaxorcist” isn’t actually the title of this film, allegedly it was almost the title at one point, but I’ve yet to confirm that anywhere. In fact, it’s hard to get much information about 1974’s Abby, William Girdler‘s pretty blatant rip-off of The Exorcist. Continue reading

American History Ex: Meet the Godfather of Harlem

It’s Black History Month again… time for school children to learn about Frederick Douglas and Booker T. Washington and Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks and George Washington Carver, perhaps learn how to make peanut butter as well. It’s also a time for liberal guilt… be honest… you don’t even remember who Booker T. Washington is, do you? Continue reading