Sisters of Death – USA, 1972 – overview and reviews

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‘Don’t bother to scream.’

Sisters of Death is a 1972 American horror feature film directed by Joseph A. Mazzuca from a screenplay written 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 by World Wide Films.

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Plot:

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…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

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.” HNN

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“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…” 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.” 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

Some image credits: Critical Condition

 

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