Sisters of Death – USA, 1972

Sisters-of-Death-poster ‘Five sexy women… one deadly secret!’

Sisters of Death is a 1972 American horror feature film directed by Joseph A. Mazzuca from a screenplay by Peter Arnold and Elwyn Richards, based on a story by the latter.

The movie stars Claudia Jennings (‘Gator Bait; The Single Girls; Deathsport), Arthur Franz, Cheri Howell, Sherry Boucher and Paul Carr.

Sisters of Death was belatedly released theatrically in the United States in 1977.

Sisters-of-Death-title Plot teaser:

During a secret society college initiation for young women, one of the new members is killed playing Russian Roulette. Seven years later, the survivors are invited to a reunion at a lavish estate, which turns out to be owned by the crazed father of the girl who died… Sisters-of-Death-1972-Russian-RouletteReviews:

Sisters of Death is a great example of the prototype of the slasher film. All of the elements that in the next few years would become part of the formula for a successful slasher film are there. There really isn’t any nudity or gore … most of the violence in Sisters of Death happens off of the screen. In fact the host tends to use animals to do his dirty work.’ HorrorNews.net Sisters-of-Death-hippie ‘To its very limited credit, the movie features a few colorful deaths (by electric fence, Gatling gun, rattlesnake bite, scissors), plus occasional weird details like the scene in which the villain takes a break from killing people in order to practice his flute playing. (Really!) However, Sisters of Death isn’t exploitative enough to thrill fans of trashy cinema, so the only point of interest is the presence of leading lady Claudia Jennings…’ Peter Hanson, Every ’70s Movie

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‘This is largely a fun, low-budget thriller, light on the blood and nudity due to its PG rating, but still quite a bit more wild than a film that would get that rating today. No real standout acting, but it has a decent twist at the end and a few great scenes.’ Expelled Grey Matter

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‘Even though it’s shoddily directed by Joseph A. Mazzuca, this has a fascination that most movies of this kind miss by miles. The explanations and surprise ending make no sense – it’s in the unfolding.’ John Stanley, Creature Features

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‘There’s one part where these two girls get into a huge fight over whether or not to take a shower. One of the girls decides if she doesn’t take a shower, right in the middle of this situation where they are all trapped in a compound being picked off one by one, she will go crazy, so of course she takes a shower and gets killed. Whether or not she would have been killed regardless is an interesting thought experiment for a philosopher of the highest order…’ Cave of Newtmonkey

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Sisters-of-Death-Devil-Doll-DVD scream-theater-volume-1 Cast and characters:

  • Arthur Franz … Edmond Clybourn
  • Claudia Jennings … Judy
  • Cheri Howell … Sylvia
  • Sherry Boucher … Diana
  • Paul Carr … Mark
  • Joe E. Tata … Joe
  • Sherry Alberoni … Francie
  • Roxanne Albee … Penny
  • Elizabeth Bergen … Liz
  • Paul Fierro … Mexican Driver
  • Vern Mathison … Police Officer

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