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Where is the oddest place you ever bought a vintage movie?
In my case it was the goodwill (no, I'm not poor). I was in the goodwill in my town last week looking for a cheap jacket to "tear up" at work, and as I walked by the "electronics" section of the store, I saw a little section that had about 20 or so VHS tapes for sale. I instantly was curous (although I certainly wasnt expecting much), and took my obligatory look to see what, if anything, they had worth buying.
What I found was a film called Sisters of Death. I looked at the year on the back. Saw 1978. Read the storyline. Noticed a name that I actually had heard of before. Claudia Jennings (Gator Bait, The Great Texas Dynamite Chase). And thought for 1.15 it was well worth a look. Any horror/violent film from the 70's is "a must" for me.
Maybe I should start "shopping" at the goodwill more often.
After doing a brief search on the film (a listing on Epinions, but no reviews thus far) I found out that this film was actually made in 1972, and wasnt actually released until 1978.
Sisters of Death starts off with a group of college girls who are having somewhat of a "hazing" ritual. It seems as if the two new pledges have to "survive the bullet" to be inducted into the "group".
This is basically a game of russian roulette, in which, the one who survives without being shot is the newest member. Jennings character survives the first shot, but the second pledge doesnt..and is shot in the head. This all appears to be a tragic accident.
Fast forward 7 years.
The remaining 5 pledges from that night all recieve a letter (and cash) inviting them to a "reunion" at a certain location.
Once there (along with the two guys hired by the "invitee") the girls are welcomed by banners, wine, food and all of that sort of stuff.
But nobody knows who is hosting this "party".
The place they meet is a really nice (California, I assume) mansion. But the odd thing is that this whole place is surrounded by an electrical fence. Thus, meaning that once the gate is shut, if you touch the fence....your dust.
It turns out that the host of the party is the father of the pledge who was killed 7 years prior. He has brought them all here to find out who the real killer was, of his daughter.
As you can imagine, the plot thickens from this point on.
Maybe its just me, but this film seemed rather bold for 1972. I was born in 1973, so I have no clue of the film culture...or limits, of the time. Sisters of Death really struck me as being rather "progressive" for its time.
Rated PG, this film is by far gory, or exploitative, but seems a rather unique (maybe thats my naivete) film for its era.
The plot, I am sure, has been used and abused several times before, and since this film, but, it was unique to me...and thus making this a very worthwhile watch.
It has all the staples of a 70's (or any film of this nature for that matter) of having 5 very distinct personalities (as far as the females go), in that we have the really uptight and scared girl, the "moral" girl, the "loose" girl, and the "carefree" girl. Jennings plays the "gold digger" of the 5, and seems to be focused on as the main character.
The 2 guys play major parts in this film. They start out being "horny" guys, and eventually end up becoming the girls savior.
The girls eventually end up accusing each other for sending the letter (and being behind the whole thing), until the killer ends up widdling things down to two girls left. Here we are treated to the true motivations behind all of the proceedings.
This leads to a very confusing ending.
Why oh Why must these 70's flicks end like this????
This film is a suprisingly enjoyable thing to watch. I was truly shocked. I was expecting a very cheesy 70's film. Thats not to say its not pure cheese though, but it has (as all 70's flicks do) a certain charm to it.
For anyone who enjoys just "looking around" at the set pieces of a early 70's film will have a field day with this movie.
Sisters Of Death moves at a VERY brisk pace, and holds the viewers attention through out. The women are VERY HOT (even by 1972's standards) and the acting is very acceptable in most cases. Not much gore, if any, but a few animal "gross outs" (one involving a spider).
One major flaw I saw (and its very laughable) is that in one entire scene, the boom mic is present overhead during the the whole damn scene!
I have to say I very much liked this film, and am somewhat suprised that it has never been mentioned before. But in all honesty, I had never even heard of this film til last week. There is not a bigger thrill to me than to bring out, and expose these older, obscure films, so that others can appreciate them like I do (maybe that says something about me).
And what a lost "treasure" Claudia Jennings was (she died in a car crash in 79'). A true shame such a very BEAUTIFUL woman could die at such a young age.
Sisters of Death would be considered a very "cheesy" early 70's flick for a person who doesnt appreciate a good 70's film. I think it is a very risque 70's film, thats subject matter was "ahead of its time", and is VERY much worth a look.
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Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older