Sisters of Death Reviews
SISTERS OF DEATH : A low budget film which sees a sect of Female Collage students accidently kills one of their members in an intonation ritual. Years later they all meet up on a rural estate all invited by an unknown host. As a result the host is the father of the dead girl and is out for vendetta. Not much to say about this one aside from the fact its use of one location (the rural homestead) to build tension, it's an average run of the mill movie worthy of a solid 50%.
Edmond Clybourn (Arthur Franz), father of a girl killed in a sorority initiation gone awry, is intent on exacting vengeance on his daughter's fellow sisters. To that end, he pays two bumbling vagabonds to pick up the five ladies and escort them to his mountain chateau. There, hijinks ensue when the men sneak into the compound, Edmond turns on the electric fence, and introduces himself to his guests, telling them he intends to receive satisfaction.
That last bit is one of many problems with "Sisters of Death." Apart from the shallow, stock heroines and the numerous (surprisingly so, considering the rather basic setup) contrivances required to move the story along, Edmond's early appearance before the protagonists destroys any tension that might have been had had the antagonist stayed offscreen; numerous early scenes of Edmond fashioning and loading homemade bullets are much, much more effective than any scene in which the slight, unimposing man is fully in-view.
Starring: Arthur Franz, Claudia Jennings, Cheri Howell, Sherry Boucher, Sherry Alberoni, and Paul Carr
Director: Joseph Mazzuca
Five women and two men are trapped on the property of a crazed father (Franz) intent on revenge for his daughters death seven years earlier during an all-girl secret society initiation gone wrong.
"Sisters of Death" is a weak thriller that relies on the characters behaving in illogical and downright idiotic fashions to work. From the moment the five targets of the vengeful father receive invitations to travel to a remote location; to the character who decides she needs a shower, depite the fact there's a murderer hiding in the house; to the "twist ending", this film is a prime of example of lazy scriptwriting. The acting and photography are nothing to cheer about either.
This thing is watchable, and it may be a worthy of a Bad Movie Nite, but it's about as bland as could be. (Oh... and that aforementioned shower? Don't get your hopes up, boys. It happens off-screen.)
Let's see - "Sisters of Death"
Hmm - well it seems that there's some sort of sisterhood (ie: sorority) that is having their initiation and 2 pledges are completing their final test - which apparently deals with a pistol.
Gee, I wonder what could possibly go wrong?
Well, obviously there's a shot, blood, and suddenly a dead pledge.
Skip ahead seven years. One of the sisters (Judy - played by the late, sometimes-great Claudia Jennings) receives a mysterious invitation for a reunion. Eventually, all the sisters receive the invite and soon the sisters begin their travels to the reunion location only to find their are being escort to the actual site - a nice estate out in the middle of freaking nowhere.
Of course, there's always the cautious one, Penny, who feels all this is a bad idea (dum-dum-DUM!) while the others kind of act like a bunch of hens.
After being dumped off at "The Hacienda Del Sol", they read a note that simply says to "Enjoy Themselves." Other than Penny though, none of them is the least bit concerned about who set all this up.
Eventually, the girls are joined by the escorts/party crashers and then the fun ensues.
Oh, and did I mention, this was set up by the dead pledge's father? And apparently the 'accident' was actually a 'murder'?
The video quality is poor (think 56k connection-poor) - sad since the most compelling thing going for it -- the obviously attractive women -- is now lost. 70's style T&A abounds but not actual nudity. Some of the acting is over the top but nothing at least TV-quality. The movie probably was seen on "Movie of the Week" at some point on TV - it's that tame for the most part.
The movie pacing is glacial - frankly, this could have been a hour long with all the unneccessary scenes cut. My guess, they thought of the plot and then realized they didn't have enough material for a movie - too bad they didn't at least go with gratuitious nudity (probably couldn't pay the ladies enough).
Fun rating: 3 (Eye candy abounds but little else) The mystery is functional but the slow pacing drains all the suspense. Even as the deaths begin, it all seems mechanical. I was going to reheat some leftovers while leaving the DVD playing but remembered I reviewing this thing.
Interest rating: 2 (Only for hardcore Claudia Jennings completists) The poor video quality really makes this difficult on the eyes to watch. Plus there's absolutely no interest in watching this again.
Total rating: 3
[i]Trivia Time: Claudia Jennings was Playmate of the Month for November 1969 as well as Playmate of the Year 1970.[/i]