Movies that are slightly off.
So Easy to Kill, So Hard to Love
A tough gang of teenage girls are looking for love and fighting for turf on the mean streets of the city! Bad girls to the core, these impossibly outrageous high school hoodlums go where they want ... and create mayhem wherever they go!
For many years I used this and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls as an accurate gauge of whether a young woman was serious girlfriend material or not. (Barbarella is assumed.)
Rejected sequel ideas: Butter Knife Brothers
Sex and fury, undeniably an American pinku cousin, and just as powerful and funny.
attitude/catchphrase/nickname inspiration, fashion bible. of course it's exploitative & trashy, but i can't think of any feminists who wouldn't want to join that girl gang so it all evens out
"Come on Bunny, let's go."
"Not this time, cripple dick."
"Goddammit I told you never to call me that!"
"Everyone knows your crank could hook a tuna."
I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love Quentin Tarantino's films but not so much his taste in films.
I approach anything that he regards as a favourite with the utmost of caution. I think he takes the things that he likes and usually ends up doing far more interesting things with them than they were originally. That said, I don't really see a huge amount of Switchblade Sisters in his films that I recall though, and I think for the most part it's probably for the best.
I just don't really find anything particularly enjoyable or appealing in these tawdry high school gang exploitation melodramas where there's questionable attitudes to rape and the…
Very good action film, Switchblade Sisters is a film that is bold, riveting and exciting from the moment it starts, and it’s a well made feature that boasts a good cast of actors that make these characters what they are. The film is engaging with plenty of thrills and action from the moment it starts. This is a genre classic, a film that is quite overlooked and it will certainly appeal to midnight movie fans. Switchblade Sisters is a film that is raw, gritty and intense in its execution and it is a film that will grab your attention from the moment it starts. This is a pure action thriller done right, and will certainly appeal to fans of more…
Thank God for Jack Hill.
A little slow going to start, with time wasted in a homophobic prison scene and the lazy male gang. But once the sisters start doing it for themselves, founding their own gang (THE JEZEBELS!) and hooking up with a female Black Panther group, SWITCHBLADE SISTERS becomes a wild ride. Lace is a surprisingly empathetic heavy for the film, a kid lashing out at the world because she doesn't know how else to behave. Also some good old fashioned exploitation fun, my personal highlight being when Maggie escapes from a rival gang by LITERALLY BREAKING DOWN THE CHEAP SET AND TEARING OUT OF THERE. Does it make sense in context? Nope, seems like a normal wall and she's a teenage girl of average strength. Do I care? HELL NO.
Crude, offensive, amateurishly performed but well-made exploitation classic, that definitely improves as it proceeds.
Despite the hilarious, jaw-wired schtick of of gang leader Lace (Robbie Lee) and the film's stumbling story, Switchblade Sisters manages to showcase a disgusting, but weirdly endearing style all of its own, culminating in a great final thirty seconds.
A must-see for fans of dames with flick-knives. Problematic garbage for everyone else.
Probablement le plus grand film féministe de tous les temps... Ben... Si t'enlèves les scènes de casual rape I guess...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I hadn't seen Switchblade Sisters in several years and, watching it again, I'm surprised by how tame it is for a 70s exploitation film. It could probably air on TV with very few cuts. There is little nudity and violence to speak of here; perhaps the most controversial element today would be the rape scene and treatment of the women at the hands of men. Other than that, this movie was probably considered old-fashioned in the 70s, because it has more in common with gang movies of the 50s and 60s. I'm sure that was intentional. So if you're looking for sleaze, you may be disappointed. That said, the fun of Switchblade Sisters is in the drama that unfolds between…
Schizophrenic, doesn't know what it's doing. Plot/characters/motivations change repeatedly. Should have been more fun than it ended up being. Lace was too cute to be nasty.
I also thought this was a women's prison movie for some reason so I was a little disappointed that way, too.
This is Grinhouse superstar director Jack Hill's most accomplished work. Seeing that he is the man behind masterpieces such as Coffy, Foxy Brown, Spider Baby and WIP classics The Big Bird Cage and Big Doll House that says quite a lot.
It is however no affected exaggeration. Switchblade Sisters might have been one of Mr Hills less commercial successful movies upon release, but seeing this today proves that the audience of then were totally wrong.
The story about two conflicting male gangs and the switchblade sisters contain one of the most colourful character galleries in cinematic history. It is easy to see how Tarantino draw a lot of inspiration from these films in general and the work of Jack Hill…
Disclaimer: Throughout 2016 and beyond, I will be going through selected works from a director's filmography on a month by month basis. I will be specifically spotlighting directors who's work I've somehow never had the privilege of sampling until now. The lone requirement is that the director in question must be either retired/semi-retired or deceased. Month #6 will focus on Jack Hill, the man that Quentin Tarantino once deemed "“the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking". We're wrapping this month up with the director's own penultimate film, Switchblade Sisters.
"Everybody knows your crank can hook a tuna."
God love Quentin Tarantino but his taste in film tends to be...questionable sometimes. Case in point, Switchblade Sisters which Tarantino loved so much that…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…