Directed by: Roberta Findlay
Starring: Amy Brentano, Shannon McMahon, Dan Erickson, Marla Machart, Elizabeth Rose, Cjerste Tho
Eight beautiful, sexy sorority girls attempt to brave the night in an abandoned haunted whorehouse. Unbeknownst to them, their boyfriends have rigged the house to scare the ladies witless. However, the old house seems to have a mind of its own. Our heroines face a triple-threat, the increasingly more dangerous practical jokes, a psychotic murderer and the brothel itself!
My rip from the Shriek Show DVD. Extras include the original Blood Sisters Trailer, an interview with Director Roberta Findlay (her DVD debut(!))and an into and second audio track with comedy commentary with Joe Bob Briggs (he says that her husband (the late, great) Michael Findley was decapitated in 1977 (he in fact was not, but it was a helicopter accident). By NO means a classic, but very enjoyable.
From DVD Drive-In:
"Roberta Findlay should be a household name to most filmgoing perverts. Her career began in 1964 with BODY OF A FEMALE, a film she photographed for husband Michael and close friend John Amero. Moving on from there, the husband-wife team produced some of the most outrageous, vile and entertaining roughies of the grindhouse era, including the FLESH trilogy (1967-1968), A THOUSAND PLEASURES (1968), THE ULTIMATE DEGENERATE (1969), and MNASIDIKA (1969). By the 1970s, the marriage had hit the rocks, yet they continued to work behind-the-scenes on low-budget horrors like SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED (1974) and INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS (1972). Their final film together, SNUFF (1976), resulted in Michael going his own way, photographing hardcore gay porn films for Amero before his accidental death in 1977. Where Michael seemed to have an aversion to diving into the hardcore genre, Roberta had already been going strong in the new freedom of pornography since the early 1970s! She had a special feminist quality to her hardcore films, including ANYONE BUT MY HUSBAND (1975), ANGEL ON FIRE (1974), A WOMAN'S TORMENT (1977), and MYSTIQUE (1979). It was her infamous cash-in on the tragic suicide of Shauna Grant, SHAUNA: EVERY MAN'S FANTASY (1985), which caused her to be tossed out of the adult film industry on her ear (though she did make one more porn film in 1987). After working for over a decade in sexploitation and adult films, Roberta turned to low-budget horror films, which were once again back in style thanks to the success of slasher films like the FRIDAY THE 13TH series. The same year as her exit from porn, Findlay directed her very best non-adult film, TENEMENT, which will be released by Shriek Show soon. BLOOD SISTERS, however, is one of her last gasps at filmmaking and is probably her least successful horror flick.
Where BLOOD SISTERS is its sublime cheesy 80s atmosphere. If tons of big hair, bad synth music, outrageous overacting, odd nudity, and goofy violence sounds like heaven, BLOOD SISTERS is a must-purchase. But for those viewers who want a little more to their bad horror movies, there is really very little to savor about this one. Sure, the dialogue and characters are entertaining, but the plot is very hard to follow, the music nauseating, and never once does the film click and make a lick o' sense. For prime Findlay horror, check out LURKERS (1988), her last film to date, shot entirely on-location in Manhattan and actually quite a creepy little timewaster (it's available in Rhino's HORRIBLE HORRORS VOL. 1). One point of interest is the fact that one of the pledges is played by writer Maitland McDonagh, who wrote the Argento book Broken Mirrors, Broken Minds and recently appeared on the Bravo miniseries "100 Scariest Movie Moments of All Time."
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