6 June 2019 | jadavix
"Black Shampoo" is basically half-softcore porn flick and half-blaxploitation/action/crime/whatever. The filmmakers' hearts were in the softcore parts, but not the rest.
As you no doubt know, the film's title is a reference to the fact that it is a rip off of the Warren Beatty/Hal Ashby flick "Shampoo", a sex comedy in which Beatty played a Casanova type who worked as a hairdresser slash gigolo to a bunch of ladies.
In this one, John Daniels does the same thing, but there's some rubbish about the Mafia muscling in on his turf. What the hell do the mafia want with a hair salon, anyway?
At first, these mafia encounters are just stupid and boring, but then the movie comes to a ridiculously violent conclusion. There is a chainsaw death scene which is curiously bloodless, leading me to think that the movie wasn't going to be too violent... but then a guy gets impaled with a pool cue, as though it were a spear. Who sharpened the end on that thing?
There's not much to recommend "Black Shampoo" for. The nudity is okay, I guess, but there are movies that let you watch those scenes without having to sit through the whole thing.
This was kind of a waste of time. But what do you expect from the guy who made "Joysticks"? Has Greydon Clarke ever made a good movie? IMDB seems not to think so, and I'm not surprised.