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…
I had been looking forward to this for awhile but was let down. It wasn't as clever or as forward thinking as I thought it might be and of the handful of Jack Hill films I've seen, I think this is his worst work on a technical level. Perhaps the biggest issue is the cast lacks charisma in a major way. I feel like Hill needs a charismatic gravitational center for his films to work (Pam Grier in Foxy Brown/Coffy, Jill Banner in Spider Baby) and this cast didn't cut it for me.
Though it depicts an uprising of a female gang against a male gang (and the cops), it’s hard to say how proto-feminist Jack Hill’s Switchblade Sisters really is. You might wonder if an exploitation film can really have a proto- or full-on feminist reading, when the whole shebang rides on sexualizing and otherwise teasing up the material. Frankly, most aren’t feminist in the least, but arguably some are. Switchblade Sisters has modicums of empowerment but overall it’s a fantasy of sorts, playful, occasionally fun, but not terribly compelling.
No matter what Quentin Tarantino thinks of it.
I dig Jack Hill. Maybe Spider Baby (1964) more than any other. I think I like but don’t love Switchblade Sisters. I like Robbie…
A lot of this was Super Cool, but the fact that the (blatant and obvious) sexual assault that occurs in the beginning of this film was so quickly brushed off is Not Cool At All and it's little things like that that just ruined this for me.
Does a lot of tepid, if diverting, genre coasting en route to a pretty interesting moral dilemma in the last half hour or so— capped off by an A-STOUND-ING ending. Held afloat until then by a fascinating actress (who, naturally, never did anything else) named Robbie Lee; her performance as jealous gang leader Lace is pitched at a constant tempo of "HEY WATCH IT, BUDDY!" If you don't know what I mean by that, just imagine really furious Kristen Schaal, and you're on your way.
That movie had a lot of heart, but other than the girl playing Maggie, the collective acting level of the cast was sub-porn level.
Also, that girl playing Lace looked about 12 and impossible to take seriously.
now i want a switchblade. and friends.
“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! We're Jezebels, cop - remember that name. We'll be back!”
Originally released under the title of "The Jezebels" this is low budget exploitation maestro Jack Hill's trashy, outrageous, unwholesome and delirious take on juvenile delinquency. The Silver Daggers, led by Dominic (Asher Brauner) are a gang who rule an inner city school, running prostitution rackets, selling drugs and fending of a rival gang led by Crabs (Chase Newhart). The Daggers run with a girl gang, The Dagger Debs, led by…
The best version Othello ever! This has it all!
Maize yellow Econoline vans, Olympia beer in pull top cans, gunfights in roller rinks, Maoists galore, teenage pregnancy, simulated drugs and sex. In other words all the bad choices of the era.
This used to double feature on "USA Up All Night" decades ago--usually paired with something featuring "The Unknown Comic."
Ironically, this one has a young Don Stark, who played the sleazoid Dad on "That 70s Show" some 23 years after this.
The chicks are so tough and so great. Very enjoyable low budget feminist gang classic.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…