Lee Frost was behind some strange films like Race With the Devil, Love Camp 7, Chain Gang Women and The Thing with Two Heads. None of those films will prepare you for this one. After all, how does one prepare for a movie where an army of black men get inspired by the wrong side of World War II and become the new master race?
General Ahmed (Rod Perry of TV’s S.W.A.T.) starts a People’s Army to protect the black people of Watts, but after chasing the drug dealers out of town, his second-in-command Colonel Kojah (Charles Robinson, who played Fabulous from Sugar Hill and would go on to be Mac on TV’s Night Court) takes over, turning the group into a fascist paramilitary outfit that controls every racket in town.
With a concept like that, you’d hope that the film itself would be more out of control. Sadly, it isn’t. That said, Uschi Digard shows up and really, that’s worth seeing the film in the first place. Comparing the Black Panthers to the Third Reich and castration are things that you don’t see in movies any longer. I’d argue that this is the lone movie that combines both.
You can get The Black Gestapo on Mill Creek’s new Soul Team Six DVD collection, along with five other films.
DISCLAIMER: Mill Creek sent us this set, but we were planning on buying it anyway. It has no bearing on this review.
Update: Kino Lorber is re-issuing The Black Gestapo to Blu-ray on January 5, 2021. The new 2K master from the original camera negative also features interviews with stars Charlie Robinson, Rod Perry, and Charles Howerton, while Robinson and Perry offer a commentary track. You can learn more about Kino Lorber’s complete roster of films at their official website and Facebook, and watch the related film trailers on You Tube.