Monday, April 27, 2015
SWITCHBLADE SISTERS (1975)
Anyway, the Daggers have all kinds of internal and external problems, including a shootout at a roller rink, a drive-by, a power struggle, a kidnapping, a gang-rape, a girl wants a double cheeseburger with some french fries and a coleslaw and doesn't get it. That sounds eventful but yet somehow this film never once fully grabbed my attention. Right off the bat you can tell that the production values are low and even worse: all of the "exploitation" aspects are done off camera or half-assed. The violence is below TV level, there's only a few lightning quick (and poorly shot) moments of nudity, no sex shown, the female jail scene was beyond weak, the black power gang was wimpy, the rollerskating was boring, only a couple of references to drugs and the knife fights were laughable. I've seen more brutal knife kills on Battlefield.
Yet, somehow, SWITCHBLADE SISTERS seems to be highly regarded and well-liked. I didn't dislike the film, I just found it to be nowhere as entertaining as I had hoped it would be. I did get a couple of good unintentional giggles out of it. Director/writer Jack Hill is capable of making an entertaining movie (I really enjoyed PIT STOP) but SS just wasn't my cup of tea. Who knows, maybe you'll like it better.
Posted by Dymon Enlow