by guest reviewer Spencer Hackett.
Blaxploitation classic time. Given we’re getting an Ed Wood style biopic of Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite Is My Name, starring Eddie Murphy as Moore, co starring Wesley Snipes) we’ll have a gander at a not Dolemite based Moore film. Whilst not the house hold name of someone like Pam Grier (let’s be honest, no one can compete with Pam Grier) Moore’s films are stand out in the blaxploitation pantheon. Mainly for being knowingly funny (Moore was a comedian, you’ll realise this as he reworks some of his routines into each film) and they’re dirt cheap. Also they always feature Moore’s absolutely atrocious Kung Fu that I’m sure he was proud of, and that’s what matters. Petey was his 4th acting gig and third leading roles along with third writing credit, working with director Cliff Roquemore who he worked with on his previous film The Human Tornado (a sequel to Dolemite). A notable departure in this one Petey isn’t a pimp, but an entertainer, although Moore plays him exactly the same. Anyway, into the review, beware of spoilers, not that this is a plot heavy film.
Already spent 5 minutes listening to the theme song on the blu-ray menu (this is the vinegar syndrome 2k restoration, they did them for Dolemite and Human Tornado too) This songs a banger. Why don’t films have theme songs anymore, like proper ones ala Flash Gordon. I should probably actually watch the film now.
I’m sure I’ll say this a lot but that’s a heck of an outfit.
I love that Rudy Ray Moore films are like watching Blaxploitation trailers that have been stretched to full length, mainly just cus Moore tries to make everything rhyme, or at least say it like it did.
This stock storm footage hasn’t been cleaned up, it’s poor.
I’m no expert, but I really don’t think this is how birth works.
I’ve seen this film before, how did I forget he’s born as a 10 year old, seriously how could I forget that, it’s freaking me out.
And the themes back again (you can’t see but I’m giving it some serious head bob).
Had Karate Kid come out by this point, cus if not they ripped this training bit off. This feels like a reference ahead of its time. (Post IMDB edit: 7 years before Karate Kid, Moore can see into the future, or the Karate Kid team could see into the past, take your pick)
I really thought the old karate bloke was going to teach Petey to be a comedian as well.
Those are some teeth.
I’m sure I read somewhere that Moore is credited with inventing rapping, which if so is impressive.
I love that the sketchy, evil white guy is just called Mr White. I mean that’s so on the nose it’s perfect.
They really didn’t “restore” this film very much, unless it can’t be cleaned that much. I’ve just said that and the next scenes really clean, this film’s mugging me off.
Whoever did the production design payed attention to the black and red theme, or all clubs, bars, whatever these places were called had a red and black theme going ahead of time.
I love the use of sped up footage in these films, they did it for all the fights in human tornado, mainly because Moore is the world’s slowest kung fu “artist”.
Who bets the guy with the scar is evil?
How many colours can you fit in one room?
“Can you dig it”count: 1 (post viewing edit: I was disappointed to find this wasn’t said again, which astonished me).
Are Leroy and Skillet real people, they were on the credits as such, but it’s just strange that no one else is real (post IMDB edit: They’re actually comedy characters that have been in multiple things, whether they were evil in other things I don’t know)
“Romance without finance is a damn nuisance” is a fantastic quote
I love scar face guys mates gold jacket, I want one.
Oh my god they killed the kid, this got dark. Well this is a tonal shift and a half.
You phoned an ambulance quick mate it’s been 10 seconds since they shot him and you’re already stood over him saying you’ve called. They also got here damn quick too. From incident to arrival I’d say 30 seconds. (Editor – they had to be that quick to beat the lawyers).
This is the most dapper funeral I’ve ever seen. Do people still say dapper? I don’t really care.
Fucking hell, who shoots up a kids funeral over two club nights clashing? Comedy is serious in this town.
I’m going to legally change my name to Lou Cypher, it’s too good.
To be honest Lucifer is a lot less cool than I’d hoped. Also why does it sound like there’s a hot tub in the background?
Why can’t we see the ugly devil daughter?
Why couldn’t the devil bring back the kid too, that seems a bit harsh?
“Petey you know how powerful the devil is, and if you cross him he’s going to be mad as hell” 1. No shit the devil’s powerful. 2. Mad as hell, I see what you did there.
I like they got the continuity of that guys piss stained trousers, someone took this film a lot more seriously than others.
Gotta love poo jokes, this film’s high brow.
Why did this genre disappear? I know they’ve just remade Superfly, but it doesn’t look, well, very fly.
What on earth was that noise Petey made. They’ve dubbed it over all the martial arts and it’s really off putting, some strange grunting thing.
I wish I had the variety of hats they had in this film, there are some fabulous ones.
Where is this graveyard? It’s someone’s back garden I swear, probably the same one from the karate montage at the start.
Why would you wear white to go to the grave yard, especially to rummage for a cane? I realise I sound like a mom.
What is going on with this singing lady, why does her song only have 4 lines?
How did the bomb only blow up the watermelons, not the truck with the watermelons in? I mean it was epic and looked cool as anything, but it was a shit bomb.
This bass player is going for it far more than anyone else. Except maybe the lady playing keyboard and trumpet at the same time, that’s impressive. It might actually be a trombone, that’s even better.
It’s the great thing with Moore’s films, they’re just full of people I presume are his friends he must have known from his comedy shows, so you get weird musical and comedy interludes. This isn’t me trying to be funny, if it’s true there’s something quite sweet about it, even if what’s usually going on isn’t.
Not being funny this telekinetic chaos is better than Carrie. Has this film just been ripped off royally? (nah Carrie was the year before, so they learned from that films mistakes… YES I THINK PETEY WHEATSTRAW IS A BETTER FILM THAN CARRIE, FIGHT ME!!!)
Who calls their daughter my pet? That’s creepy, I know he’s the devil but that’s still far too creepy.
Serious point, has anyone else ever watched a film and seen someone who looks exactly like someone you know in real life, but the films old or from another country. So it couldn’t be that person but they look exactly like them. It really freaks me out and it just happened again. Anyway back to the film.
Why’s Petey dancing down the street having made a kid cry? That’s cold Petey, that’s cold.
Now he’s fat shaming people, god Petey. And he’s really out of focus doing so.
I’ve never seen an actor having more fun doing a scene than Moore is here. That’s given me a warm feeling.
Why does the devil need a bath? It’s not even a cool bath full of sexy demons like you’d expect in a blaxploitation film, it’s just a bathtub like anyone would have in their house.
The devil has the campest jog, and I love it.
I’m surprised it took this long to get to any nudity. I feel like the sexy demon ladies having horns is a perfect set up for some sort of joke about them being horny, but I can’t think of one, and clearly neither could the film makers.
Oh my god. I’d try and describe what’s just walked in but I don’t think I can, it’s like one of those Lovecraftian horrors that words cannot describe. I’ll just let you see for yourself.
They’re back again, getting what little monies worth that they can out of em.
Did Lil Wayne take his name from this film? It’s graffitied on a wall. I really hope so, this film is truly inspirational.
Why didn’t Lucifer look this cool before? Also he’s white now (his face is painted white at least, not his chest), which I feel like should have been played up in more.
And the themes back again, it’s easily one of the best blaxploitation tunes.
This fight is really incoherent, so I stopped watching and had a dance instead, I’m glad this isn’t a video review.
I’m sad the theme stopped.
The devil has some amazing flares on.
I’ll be honest, the Devil’s daughters face was a let down, not a haunting as I hoped.
Themes back again, more dancing time. I’ll put a link in here so you can dance too.
Well, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable film. Is it deep? No. Is it very well made? No. Is it a good time? Hell yes. It’s more of the same for Rudy Ray Moore fans, perhaps played the most for laughs with less “action” than the Human Tornado. But it’s an enjoyable ride nonetheless, a cast clearly having a whale of a time throughout. This is proper low budget film making, and for all the times I may have made fun of how bad elements are, they are done with a sense of passion and a joy at the opportunity to make films. If I compare how I feel after this compared to The Last Sharknado last week, you couldn’t have two more different sensations. Both films will be broadly watched for the “so bad it’s good” feeling, but Petey tries to be good, as good as it can be, and that’s why it’s fun. It knows it’s not a blockbuster, but it’s going to do its best to compete. It’s just a fun film, and we don’t get enough films like that these days.