[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.)
"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."
Viewed on DVD
This was the second film I've seen from Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder Pictures distribution company. The first being The Mighty Peking Man.
Switchblade Sisters is an exploitation film. It's trashy. It's both feminist & sexist.
It has bad actors uttering bad dialogue. It has outrageous fights.
It has Don Stark from That 70's Show in the actual 70's!
Switchblade Sisters is ultimately cool.
If you go, it's gonna turn out baaaaad!
Enter into a time machine to be taken back to a world of misogyny, homophobia, astynomiaphobia and just all around anti-authoritarianism with a bit, ok a lot of extremely dated social views... but it ends up being quite a bit of fun despite all that.
It's probably because of all those things that Switchblade Sisters doesn't have as big a cult following as the bigger exploitation films of the 70s. They all had a little bit of what I mentioned earlier, but this one has a few scenes that are inexcusable in most people's eyes and probably what kept it from being re-released until Quentin Tarantino got his hands on it…
Laden with holes like the ozone layer, but no one seeks out exploitation movies for an air-tight plot, right? It's all about the violent, but likable psychopaths, and Switchblade Sisters has a lot of them. There's the blonde, deadly Maggie (Joanne Nail), a badass victim of circumstance who may or may not be struggling to gain control of a switchblade-swinging girl gang. Then, there's Lace (Robbie Lee), the flawed leader of the the Dagger Debs, with whom Maggie squares off.
Fun showdowns at a roller rink and town square cement this movie as a bloody essential for fans of the director, Jack Hill. These sequences empower women, giving them the firepower, while the boys are exposed as ineffectual, sex-obsessed pussies.…
If it weren't for the homophobic confrontation in the prison and the rape that was brushed off, this woulda been a great, almost feminist exploitation flick.
Really good!!! All the switchblade sisters were lesbians!!!
The quality of the acting is a lot better than I expected, with Joanne Nail and her final rallying cry a particular standout. But Switchblade Sisters is awkwardly torn between being genuinely exploitative and being a self-aware pastiche ala The Warriors. Not hard to see why Tarantino digs it, though. Okay enough that I wouldn’t mind seeing it again some time.
Though I really enjoyed the concept of a female lead gang taking power, I found the plethora of violence against women hard to watch. But I guess it's nothing to be too surprised over, especially from the 70s. All the male characters are huge assholes and are completely unappealing. In general, this movie kinda sucked but good to watch at least once, though I don't think I'll ever watch it again.
Film 3 of the "September 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task 18. A grindhouse film!
September Scavenger Hunt #6
My original plan was to watch one of the more current throwbacks to the grindhouse genre, but then I spotted this film on Netflix and decided that this would be the film I watch instead. This is a great example of grindhouse, about a girl gang, and specifically a newcomer and the head of the gang and their rivalry. This film had everything I like to see in a grindhouse film: a good amount of violence, some sex appeal and an ending where no one really wins. It also had a nice portion of the film where the gang partners with a…
Bob Pinciotti is a cripple dick.
before you watch a 70's exploitation film, you have to accept that it's going to be messy and sexist. and this one is no exception: bob pinciotti slaps a girl in the face. there are multiple scenes of men raping and assaulting the female members of the gang. one of the dagger debs is made fun of for her weight and eating habits on multiple occasions, despite being virtually the same size as the other girls. the main rivalry between the two leaders of the dagger debs happens because the first leader's boyfriend takes an interest in the new girl.
but all the girls speak in snarls and all the boys are like a single flavourless entity. that's pretty great.
"No, let me give you some advice, cop. You can beat us, chain us, lock us up. But we're gonna be back, understand? And when we do, cop, you better keep your ass off our turf, or we'll BLOW IT OFF! Ya dig? We're Jezebels, cop - remember that name. We'll be back!"
Switchblade Sisters is an exploitation movie about girls in a gang.
The story starts when the local (high school!) gang meet up with the new tough girl, Maggie. Although she and the girl's leader, Lace, seem to hit it off, it's not long before a jealous girl, Patch, gets into Lace's ear and tries to turn her against Maggie. But it's not just Patch that causes problems. Maggie is a natural leader and Lace worries that her role as leader will be supplanted. And then there's Lace's boyfriend. Does he have eyes for Maggie? Meanwhile, another high school is closing down and the students are transferring over -- meaning a rival gang is inbound and the two gangs will be…
In early June, 2013, my best friend killed herself.
She took a cab to the middle of nowhere and vanished,…