Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Coffy (1973)

Coffy (USA, 1973) - Color, Director(s): Jack Hill
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 91 min.

Z-rating: 5 out of 5 stars

B-factor: 3 out of 5 stars

Holy exploitation heaven!!! What a way to kick off Black History Month.... with a review of Coffy!!! I'm sure some of you were left wondering who the babe was that managed to snag the runner-up spot on my list of Top 10 Bad Ass Movie Babes. Well, let me tell you a little something about Coffy... she is one of the baddest fuckin' bitches I've ever seen in any movie. The incredibly sexy Pam Grier cements herself as the queen of blaxploitation cinema with her role in this film. A vigilante nurse is looking to clean up her community by killing off the drug pushers and dealers in her neighborhood after her 11 year old kid sister is hospitalized for shooting up with some bad smack. She works her way up the ladder from small time dope dealers to the people connected with the mob. Hitting the streets with her trusty double-barreled shotty, she lays waste to all of the drug pushers that she comes across. The plot thickens when a slimy crooked politician (NO way!) is thrown into the mix. In the first scene of this film, we see Coffy posing as some strung out chick in need of a "quick fix" in order to get in with one of the drug pushers before pulling out her shotgun and painting the walls with his brains. She then turns her attention to his lackey, who just wanted to "get high and watch", and shoots him up with enough heroin to cause him to die by overdose. She goes back to work the next day and gets the low down from her cop buddy on the "brutal slayings" that took place the night before. (Little does he know that Coffy and her double-barreled boomstick were responsible) She works as a nurse during the day and spends her nights infiltrating the ranks of the underground crime syndicate, later setting up a pimp/drug pusher by dumping out his supply and replacing it with sugar. Attracting the attention of a mob boss by initiating one of the most kick ass catfights in celluloid history, she works her way up the drug ladder murking everyone responsible for the shit entering her community. We also see a pimp/drug pusher get his when he's dragged behind a car by a gangster with rope tied around his neck. For some reason, I found this whole scene to be really disturbing. Just the way that it all went down, King George begging for his life while the gangster laughs with a sadistic glee as he banks hard around turns to smash the lifeless corpse against the curb of sidewalks. Pretty messed up stuff.

Nudity: I can't remember how many actual scenes there were containing nudity, though there was enough nudity to garner a 4 out of 5 stars. If memory serves me correctly, I think we see a couple pairs of jugs during the catfight at a party.

Gore: Not the type you would expect from a horror movie but this film has one of the best headshots I've ever seen. There are some pretty violent things going on in this movie but none of them are outrageous gruesome or gory. 4 out of 5

Awesome: VERY!!! Not only does this film contain one of the best headshots I've ever seen, it has one of the wildest catfights I've ever seen in a movie as well. I think Coffy beats the ass of at least half a dozen hoes at a party after hiding razor blades in her afro. (which manages to cut up the hands of the bitch dumb enough to try to pull her hair) Also, we see a young Sid Haig drag the unsuspecting pimp to his death while tied to the back of his car. One of the best, wildest, and most entertaining exploitation films I've seen in a long time.