Growing tired of our lackluster choices so far this month, we here at Behind the Hype decided to try out a different horror filmmaker’s b-sides to see if we might be able to turn this ship around. We chose Sam Raimi’s “The Gift,” which unfortunately was nowhere near as good as we had hoped and featured almost nothing that we could recognize as a Raimi’ism. It wasn’t completely terrible and had some interesting bright spots, but it’s certainly an odd duck in our month of odd duck films.
We take a bit of a turn in our John Singleton retrospective with the film Shaft, not to be confused with Shaft, or the more recent film Shaft. It’s a film that features a lot of dirty cops and dirtier criminals and the sum of all these interesting parts leave us feeling uncomfortable. It’s a film that features the line “It is my duty to please the booty” along side a frat boy version of Patrick Bateman beating a black man to death and getting away with it. Well, at least until the end of the movie. There’s a lot here, and while some of it doesn’t quite work, and awhile some of it is tough to watch in 2020, it stands out as another strong piece of filmmaking from John Singleton.