|DRUM (director: Steve Carver; screenwriters: Norman Wexler/based on the novel by Kyle Onstott; cinematographer: Lucien Ballard; editor: Carl Kress; music: Charlie Smalls; cast: Ken Norton (Drum), Paula Kelly (Rachel), Isela Vega (Marianna), Pam Grier (Regine), Yaphet Kotto (Blaise), Warren Oates (Hammond Maxwell), Fiona Lewis (Augusta Chauvet), Royal Dano (Zeke Montgomery), Lillian Hayman (Lurretia Borgia), Brenda Sykes (Calinda), John Colicos (Bernard DeMarigny), Rainbeaux Smith (Sophie Maxwell, plantation owner's daughter), Roger Mosley (Slave); Runtime: 110; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Ralph Serpe; Vestron (United Artists); 1976 )|
and bloodier sequel to Mandingo
by Dennis Schwartz
trashy and bloodier sequel to Mandingo (1975) is
directed by the so-so exploitation filmmaker
Steve Carver ("Capone"/"Big Bad
Mama"/"The Wolves"). Carver replaced original director
Burt Kennedy, who was fired because of artistic
differences with the producers. It's based
on the novel by Kyle Onstott. The
script is written by Norman Wexler.
Everything is weak about it, from the acting, to the
directing, to the script.
story, set in the mid-19th century, revolves
around slave-breeder Warren Oates buying
slaves Ken Norton and Yaphet Kotto from bordello
queen Isela Vega. If that wasn't enough, it
turns out Vega is the mulatto slave pit fighter
Norton's biological mother. And if that wasn't enough
trash to smell, we learn that Vega's lesbian lover is
the maid Paula Kelly who raised Norton. Pam Grier is
wasted in an inconsequential role as Norton's girl and
sometime concubine to Oates. It ends with a
spectacular slave revolt, and we get to watch a lot of
folks get killed.
REVIEWED ON 2/10/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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