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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For any of those wondering........
The DVD for sale is an Asian import...the picture and sound quality is quite good for what it is, but alas, it's presented in full screen. For those who want a copy of this "classic", this will do just fine until one of the major distributors wakes up and releases it, in widescreen, one can only hope.
Published on August 2, 2006 by ABVTHLW

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pure comic genius.
Sugar Hill (Paul Maslansky, 1974)

Okay, take the blaxploitation genre, add zombies, and put Samuel Z. Arkoff in charge of the whole mess. What do you get?

Pure. Cinematic. Gold. I kid you not. Sugar Hill is about as silly as it gets, and as a result holds up better than most of its more dated contemporaries. The plot: Sugar Hill (The Landlord's Marki...
Published on February 27, 2007 by Robert Beveridge


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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For any of those wondering........, August 2, 2006
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The DVD for sale is an Asian import...the picture and sound quality is quite good for what it is, but alas, it's presented in full screen. For those who want a copy of this "classic", this will do just fine until one of the major distributors wakes up and releases it, in widescreen, one can only hope.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pure comic genius., February 27, 2007
This review is from: Sugar Hill 1974 (DVD)
Sugar Hill (Paul Maslansky, 1974)

Okay, take the blaxploitation genre, add zombies, and put Samuel Z. Arkoff in charge of the whole mess. What do you get?

Pure. Cinematic. Gold. I kid you not. Sugar Hill is about as silly as it gets, and as a result holds up better than most of its more dated contemporaries. The plot: Sugar Hill (The Landlord's Marki Bey) and her boyfriend Langston (Larry D. Johnson, who never appeared in another movie) run a club that the local mob is trying to shake down. After they refuse to pay protection money, Langston is brutally beaten and left for dead outside the club. Sugar appeals to the underworld for revenge, entreating her grandmother to summon Baron Samedi (Don Pedro Colley, recently seen in Roger Corman's Piranha remake), the voodoo god of the dead, to raise an army of zombies which she can use to strike back at the mob. Lieutenant Valentine (Guess Who's Richard Lawson), investigating Langston's death, finds himself drawn to Sugar, but can't help thinking she's behind the string of murders and disappearances plaguing the mobsters...

Don't get me wrong-- this is a bad movie. The script (penned by High Chaparral staff writer Tim Kelly) is stiff, and the acting follows suit. The direction is inept (Maslansky is a producer, and since this attempt behind the camera, has remained a producer). The lighting often looks as if it was provided by a couple of car headlights and a bonfire. But come on, now, you're watching a blaxploitation zombie movie, are you expecting The Godfather? The cheese factor is high on this one, and that's part of what makes it so enjoyable. There have been a lot of voodoo-based horror movies over the years, and most of them are better than this by any empirical measure-- but it's this one that's going to stay with you years after you've seen it. ***
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 70s Blaxploitation/Horror film., November 1, 2009
This review is from: Sugar Hill 1974 (DVD)
Marki Bey stars as a foxy lady, named Diana "Sugar" Hill. Her handsome prince fiancé, Langston, owns a Voodoo-themed night club in the deep south. The club is
so successful, that the local mobster, Mr. Morgan, wants to pressure Langston into selling the club to him. When Langston refuses, Morgan's thugs beat Langston to death, in the parking lot of the club.

Consumed with anguish and thoughts of vengeance, Sugar decides to take matters into her own hands. She seeks out an elderly Voodoo priestess, named Mama Maitresse. Sugar explains to her, that she needs Mama's help, via her Voodoo powers. Mama Maitresse conjures up the ruler of the dead, Baron Zamedi. He then summons an army of Zombies, who were all former slaves, to help Sugar dispatch Langston's killers, one-by-one.

Marki Bey can certainly compete in the looks department, with that other 70s Blaxploitation goddess, Pam Grier. Ms. Bey is completely convincing as the grief-stricken Sugar, who is determined to settle the score with Morgan and his henchmen.

Robert Quarry's performance as the suave yet vicious Morgan, is pulled-off well. But it's not Quarry's most compelling role. He was much more charismatic, in his past performances in his Vampire films. So if you're a Robert Quarry fan, be forewarned that he doesn't shine that brightly, in this film.

Betty Anne Rees plays Morgan's racist, sex-starved girlfriend, Celeste. Betty Anne has a natural talent for portraying licentious, dangerous characters, with malicious intent. Her wicked-looking, gleaming gray eyes, make your blood run cold. Celeste is a particularly vile character, and Sugar exacts exquisitely appropriate revenge on her, in this film. Viewers will be cheering at Celeste's utter comeuppance, orchestrated by Sugar and the zombies.

Don Pedro Colley as Baron Samedi, gives an over-the-top performance. Don really chews-up the scenery, emoting like mad. You can tell that he really enjoys his role, as Baron Samedi. The other actors give mostly wooden performances. Especially Richard Lawson's portrayal of Valentine, the cop who was also Sugar's former love interest.

Like virtually all the films of the Blaxploitation genre, Sugar Hill's main thrust is revenge. Only a tiny handful of 70s Blaxploitation films, worked horror into their plot-lines. Of those, Sugar Hill stands out from the rest of the bunch. For fans of 70s Blaxploitation films, Sugar Hill delivers the goods.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best (and only) Blaxploitation zombie movie ever!, April 24, 2013
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My only complaint concerning the DVD is the company didn't use the original poster art for the cover. But this is a great Blaxploitation film, with some freaky looking zombies, dancing chicken legs, and the gorgeous Marki Bay raining voodoo death on the mob. Modern audience might be shocked by a few N-word bombs, but this is solid, cheesy goodness.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It should have been so sweet too., October 21, 2009
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For B addicts like Sid, it takes only one suggestion to get a B in. Hmm, we just got Mr. Collins off Death Ring Island and it's 11:30. Football doesn't start til 1. O yeah. So Sid quickly scouted Ondemand, the old reliable, and came upon Sugar Hill. It definitely qualified for Sid's October Horrorgreatsuccess because it was described as a zombie flick so we took a shot.

A few minutes in the film was dubbed "Dolemite : the story of Rudy Ray Moore with zombies." It fit Sid's mood to a t. "Sugar" Hill, played by pantheon-level 70's smokeshow Marki Bey, is a club owner who is being shaken down by the mob for protection money. Instead of forking over the dough to the real Lefty Rosenthal, Hill contacts her legitimately frightening Grandmother. Hill's Grandma is is into some black magic, midnight, evil stuff. So she conjures the zombies to take care of the mob. It was a super-original flick with lots of unintentional comedy, a good plot, and a few surprising scares(especially when the Grandmother was onscreen).

Sugar Hill was honestly one of the most entertaining films Sid has seen all month. It had the predictable lag in the middle of the film but it was still a very very good effort. Seriously, this is a really really solid horror flick. There was one thing that kept it from 5 cans and greatness:Marki Bey stayed fully clothed the entire time. I mean, those things were good. Sid wanted to be friends with them. Sid hopes that now, 35 years later, whoever made that terrible decision is reading this, realizes that they missed out on greatness, and feels like an absolute failure because they are.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SUGAR HILL NTSC region 1 DVD is a bootleg, October 17, 2009
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sorry folks, but the NTSC region 1 available from Blaxploitation Film, or Blaxfilm is a full-frame bootleg, like all of their other titles. i just got this in the mail and it arrived postage due and was on DVD-R. the disc got to the 25 minute mark of the film, artifacted, froze and launched back to the main menu. i wouldn't complain except its the third bootleg in a row I've gotten off of Amazon. the whole reason i purchase from this site and not a cheaper bootleg site is to get an actual archival copy and not a compressed DVD-R. if you want these titles save some money and buy them cheaper off a bootlegging site, since your going to be be getting the same quality DVD-R'S and material sourced from VHS tapes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Underrated Classic!!!, February 6, 2009
This review is from: Sugar Hill 1974 (DVD)
"Sugar Hill" with the fine Marki Bey is cheesy blaxploitation/horror at it's best! This film is so unique, it's very hard to clssify it into a correct genre, which I think is a hell of an accomplishment in itself. The DVD itself is a great print, but it's sadly in fullscreen, it's only real drawback. The menus could've been better also, but that's nitpicking. This is for the real fans of this stuff and a true collector's gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sugaring The Voodoo Mambo, December 6, 2011
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The Blacksploitation cycle of the Seventies was an incredible force which produced some of the best genre movies ever made. After their success with Director William Crain's 'BLACULA'-1972, American International Pictures also produced a sequel Director Bob Kelljan's 'SCREAM,BLACULA,SCREAM'-1973 and this mixture of Cajun gangster and Voodoo magic, Director Paul Maslansky's 'SUGAR HILL'-1974, an entertaining time capsule featuring the beautiful Marki Bey as the main revenge seeking character. Venerable actor Robert Quarry, who debuted one of the most successful Horror screen characters of the early Seventies 'COUNT YORGA' appears as Morgan, villain extroadinaire who wants Sugar's nightclub. After Sugar's beau is brutally murdered, she seeks the aid of Voodoo prince Baron Samedi played over the top by Don Pedro Colley who unleashes his zombie army to rid the area of Quarry's domain. The zombies are not the flesh eaters of Director George Romero's territory but more like the automatons of the thirties and forties poverty row horror films. Actor Richard Lawson who appeared as Blaculas's Renfield like character in "SCREAM,BLACULA,SCREAM' does a good turn as a detective who aids Sugar and Zara Culley chews the scenery as the ancient voodoo priestess Mama Maitresse but Ms. Bey really is the standout as she eagerly plays out her revenge scenario kicking butt if she has to. The film boasts good production values and is one of the best of its type. This release is culled from a Japanese Laser disc and looks good although the image is a tinch on the soft side but is in its 1.85 ratio. MGM Limited just released a DVD-R of the film and is a bit more higher in the price range so you can take your pick on which version you may prefer. All in all, this is highly recommended for genre buffs of all ages.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie!, December 3, 2006
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you probably need to have a certain taste for this kind of movie (black, cliches, campy, bit on the cheap side), but i do. it is hillarious, full of action and just fully entertaining. my entire family loves it. also if you're feeling vindicative about someone you will like it.lol. and just get it to see marki bey. what a beautiful woman! go sugar!
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1.0 out of 5 stars An embarrassment to the human race., July 23, 2014
This review is from: Sugar Hill (Amazon Instant Video)
Lava lamps and platform shoes are cool ... but this movie is just a turd from the 1970's someone dusted off and remastered for the zombie generation. There's nothing even remotely funny about any of this, except maybe the stock footage they used for the nature scenes. The acting is beyond terrible. You can look at the movie cover and that's about as much as you'll get from the rest of it. Several reviews rave about the leading lady's beauty ... well .... I wouldn't throw rocks at her or anything, but that purple jumpsuit isn't her best look, and like the rest of the cast, she seems to have smeared a layer of crisco all over her face before every scene. No idea how this got a decent rating. I'd post zero if they let me ... the fact that this movie was released in the new millennium is an embarrassment to the human race.
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