The Devil’s Express (aka Gang Wars; Death Express) is a 1976 American horror/kung-fu/blaxploitation film directed by Barry Rosen and starring Warhawk Tanzania, Thomas D. Anglin, and Fred Berner. It was re-released as Gang Wars in 1979 to cash-in on the success of gang culture movie The Warriors.
Warhawk Tanzania plays an urban Afro-American who hates the gang warfare all around him. In desperation, Tanzania summons a demon from the subway system to purge his neighbourhood of punks. Unfortunately, the demons are uncontrollable, resulting in the deaths of several innocent people…
The Devil’s Express is due on DVD from Code Red.
“It’s gritty, silly, fun and very entertaining. The screenplay was written by five people – presumably each person was assigned a different genre then they mashed it all together. Warhawk Tanzania is a man of the people – see him in action as soon as you can.” Comeuppance Reviews
“The film mixes blaxploitation genre, American martial arts and horror flick and does this with huge enthusiasm. The acting is mostly wooden and Warhawk Tanzania is not as awesome as his name. The fights are well-shot and there is a decent amount of blood and gore. The film’s running time is padded out by random inserts of not exactly important scenes for example the fight between two sleazeballs and karate waitress. The gang war and subway murders committed by amulet seeking demon are fun to watch. A trash classic.” My Duck is Dead