These are films reviewed on the cult movie podcast Junk Food Dinner ( www.junkfooddinner.com/ ).
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."
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.…
It's hard to know what to make of Jack Hill's "Switchblade Sisters." Following the exploits of a high school-age girl gang, the film is too tame to be serious exploitation. The film's tone is too strangely light for a straightforward crime picture; but that light tone never gives itself over to comedy or camp. There is certain amount of cheesiness throughout, but it is difficult to tell if the film is subversive or parody. Girl-power, black-power, teen-power, corruption of youth: who knows what this film is about?
As frustrating as its hodge-podge of tones, politics, and styles might be, "Switchblade Sisters" does have some entertainment value. Performances are passable, the pace is smooth, and the film does have an attitude. Whether an audience enjoys the film might be contigent on its ability to accecpt the off-kilter, thowaway quality of the whole experience.
As aside, Joanne Nail's bloodsoaked final monologue is worth at least a half-star in rating value.
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.
Times have changed. This could not be remade today without two dozen self-referential bogus in-jokes. Death Proof comes closest to earnest exploitation in the 21rst century.
I think I found the original Elle Driver.
An exploitation smorgasbord! This girl gang movie from Jack Hill incorporates elements from women-in-prison movies, blaxploitation flicks, action films, and even a little bit of high school teen sex comedy/dramas mixed in there. This is a fun movie, with plenty of violence, shocks, and funny, crackling dialogue. Check it out!
High school gang warfare, 70s exploitation style; $5 student prostitutes, roller rink massacres, and women fighting over rapists.
Jack Hill's movies don't look like much and the acting is usually amateurish, but the attitude makes them work. Yes, they look cheap and were probably filmed during a lunch break, but the passion and drive is there. Some are better than others, though and SWITCHBLADE SISTERS stands out as one of the best.
Well this was a true hidden gem - or a rough diamond at the very least. Looks great, strong (unknown) cast, fairly edgy plot, and has a positive message on race and gender (more or less). Almost reminded me in a weird way of West Side Story - and was wishing they would burst into song on a number of occasions.
Quentin's a pretentious douche. The movie has some of the worst acting ever, and is unskillfully written and directed on a level that can't even be terribly easy to achieve. Even most lesser contemporary filmmakers know where to put a camera, how to write a script, how to cast and direct actors and how to move things along. Switchblade Sisters, aside from being full of scantily clad babes to feast one's eyes on, is a languid succession of scenes in which hollow, hammy actors are arranged in clumsily contrived shots to oversell laughably lame lines. The only real reason for seeing this would be to play peanut gallery.
Okay it lacks credibility and acting ability, but it makes up for it in the charm of the leading actresses - they may not convince, but they sure are fun in this violent, sexy, ridiculous romp among high-school gangs (and these girls look almost as old as the high-school girls in Grease).
You do have to ignore the aspect of 'rape-as-how-gang-members-flirt' aspect of it that really hasn't dated that well, but the goofy costumes (the nerdy Crabs in particular reminded me of Bobcat Goldthwaite in Police Academy 2, but some of the other characters' costumes were equallyhilarious), and combine this with the cheesy dialogue, ridiculous gangfights (AK47s at a roller-rink rumble, anyone?) and general exploitation stink, and you have a fun hour and a half.
I Don't Like 1975's Switchblade Sisters, I Don't Like It Because It's Turning 40 Years Old Next Year In 2015.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- Delinquent School Girls
- Terminal Island
- Cry of a Prostitute
- Lunch Wagon
- Lord Love a Duck
- The Super Inframan
- Cheap Thrills
- Enter the Void
- Evil Bong
- Rabid Dogs
- The Big Racket
- The Offence
- Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Now I know this might seem like a shameless way to get other people to find loads of 1970s crime…