[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.
Such a great movie. Glad to have it on blu-ray now.
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.…
Such a great movie. Glad to have it on blu-ray now.
One friend loved it, the other hated it, so obviously its up to me to tip the scale! Unfortunately, there will be no tipping today. I’ve watched enough grindhouse movies to know how low the bottom of the barrel is, and I’ve seen enough gems to know where the ceiling is. I fall squarely in the middle with this one. Its neither horrible or great. It was decently entertaining, but so many people doing dumb things its hard to take seriously. Worth a watch as a grindhouse, but I won’t be revisiting.
Pre Mood: QT recommendation, why not!
Post Mood: Little too rough for the lack of character build up at times.
Acting: Pretty good, I can see some of QT's Deathproof female leads being portrayed.
Dialogue: Fluet, BUT at times a little much.
Camera work: Very steady for some of the action scenes.
Director comments: Jack Hill was a friend of Coppola, but he remained making B movies, where all except this film made money. The irony. Yet I respect a man that stays with his passion over the money.
Writer comments: Real witty and thought out, but in a cool, gritty way. A big reason it stayed alive for me to watch. (Keep in mind I love B movies)
Exploitation at it's finest. Jack Hill gives us a film that I'd call the GREASE of exploitative cinema. There's so much to love about this flick from its campy acting to it's over the top mao-a-mano battles. Seriously, they end up with a metal-plated car like it's the thunderdome . If you're a fan of exploitation or looking for a good first time exploitation, give this one a whirl. If you don't like it, exploitation is probably not for you.
239th viewing of this. That comfortable sensation of knowing a movie By Heart.
I first saw this film by renting it when it was re-released by Quentin Tarantino back in the 90's. It was recently on tv again so I re-watched it and it's still horrible. Probably even more horrible today than it was in the 90's if that is possible. The only redeeming value is that it influenced Tarantino to take a few "interesting" characters from the film that were never fleshed out like Patch and make an amazing Villain in Kill Bill. That's why I gave it a whole star. The film does give some realistic feminist realities (for then and now) of rape, abortion, abuse in relationships, men cheating and exploiting women in their lives for sex and/or money. The…
Haven't wanted to be in a gang this bad since the first time I saw the Warriors.
Always wanted to watch this since Tarantino put it out on video in the 90's. I remember staring at the cover art in the Camelot Music Store in the mall for what seemed like ages. Finally caught it on TV at 2pm in the day. What a difference 20 years makes.
God bless you El Rey Network.
I like how the only fallout from a roller rink shootout involving two gangs, fully automatic weapons, and dozens of innocents killed was that two beat cop putzes lean a little heavier on the the Dagger Debs.
"We don't like it when things like that happen. It kinda makes us look bad."
Yeah, just a bit.
A list of all films associated with the Criterion Collection, including laserdiscs, DVDs, Blu-rays, Essential Arthouse, Eclipse Series, Hulu Plus,…
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…