The Ultimate Blaxploitation Movies List. Can You Dig It?
MANDINGO lit the fuse... DRUM is the explosion!
Drum is the 1976 sequel to the film Mandingo, and released by United Artists. Starring Warren Oates, Pam Grier (as Pamela Grier), and Ken Norton and directed by Steve Carver, it parodies nineteenth century American slavery like its predecessor. Like Mandingo, Drum was based on the Kyle Onstott novel of the same name.
"Give me Blaxploitation! Sexploitation! Gaysploitation! No, that's not enough. I want Jocksploitation! Southsploitation! Slavesploitation! OATESPLOITATION! If it can be sploitated, I want it sploitated! And don't settle for sleaze. Sleaze is for teenagers! I won't stop filming 'til we've achieved full-on REPUGNANCE!"
Note: I have not seen Mandingo, which this movie is evidently some sort of sequel to.
Good unclean fun of the "slavesploitation" variety, although there are a few too many scenes that make it unclear if the filmmakers knew that's what they were doing. Making up for any tonal problems though is the terrific cast, including Warren Oates (!), Pam Grier (!!), and Yaphet Kotto (!!!). See it if for no other reason than to hear Warren Oates say the line "you know I loves big titties."
I first saw the poster for Drum when I was 16. It was in a book about posters with big full page spreads, and I instantly fell in love with it and the amazing tagline. Since then it's always been in the back of my mind, and always one of my favorite posters. And now, 13 years later, I finally watch it, and I'm completely underwhelmed. That's the power of poster art.
Offensive in all the obvious ways, and then some. But it's still pretty tame by exploitational standards, in part due to the polished nature of a big budget film. It's always offensive and crude, but you don't get to wallow through the sleaze and the grime. It almost feels like a bad play or a Southern drama... except it's super racist.
Worth it for Warren Oates as a ridiculous plantation owner... who gets top billing. That's probably the most offensive thing right there.
"Drum" contains everything I like in 70's movies. Pam Grier, Rainbeaux Smith, Warren Oates, Yaphet Kotto, squiby over the top violence, and big-budgeted political incorrectness all in the guise of a angry blaxploitation flick. All that was missing was a little extra orange in its fake-blood recipe.
The film also wisely cans the serious frothy soap opera claptrap that helped make "Mandingo" the face-palmingly icky misfire it was. "Drum" at least knows exactly why you're here and has less shame in it's exploits, which makes is not as interesting, but much more enjoyable than it's predecessor. So perhaps that's for the better.
I'd actually go so far to say I liked this more than the tonal mess that is "Django Unchained." They both are strikingly similar, but I think "Drum" plays out its revenge fantasy in a better way.
This is a film that will make you want to shower afterward. It's so uncomfortably racist and filthy. It's exploitive and downright disgusting in places... of course, this means its a must-see. Rainbeaux Smith is in this, and that's all you need to seek it out, really.
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This is a slavery movie which I dont think would made today. It would only had to be made during the 70's.
Drum is the story of a slave named Drum who is the secret son of a Southern madame and her irresistible slave. He soon becomes the key element of one man’s breeding farm for slaves since he is desired by men and women of every race. He is not one to follow along in the dirty plans of others, and is threatened with castration at every turn.
Drum is the “accurate and balanced” account of slavery in the antebellum South. That’s the way it was billed, anyway. What you actually get with Drum is the pinnacle of questionable taste, a flabbergasting slavesploitation film, and a chance to see some of the most notable African American actors of the 70s together in one film. This is also one of the most influential films in the creation of Django Unchained, which was amazing.
a quasi-sequel to the equally sordid 'mandingo' and inspiration for tarantino's 'django unchained', this southern exploitation picture stars former boxer ken norton as the favoured buck on warren oates' plantation.
along his side is yaphet kotto, excellent in the role of 'blaise', the hot blooded, catalystic counter to norton's mild mannered 'drum'. their uneasy friendship is the thematic center to the picture; while blaise incites a riot, drum is the last to protect his 'master'.
when hammond's lusty daughter comes onto the men, blaise unfairly receives the lion's share of the beating, which leads to his desire to revolt from the plantation.
there are many appearances from seventies character actors: pam grier shows up as oates' black lover, and royal dano appears late as a travelling slave trader; all of which chew up scenery in the most delicious and over the top way.
there are few films that can compare to the guilty pleasure exploitation of 'drum'.
Semi-sequel to Mandingo with different actors playing the same characters, and some of the same actors playing different characters. This one is slightly more political, but still just as good and entertaining. Pam Grier gets almost zero screen time, but Yaphet Kotto is great, and Rainbeaux Smith gives one of her best performances, as the slave owner's daughter who tries to rape all the slaves and get them in trouble.
"No white man could ever love you like I will!"