Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Vinegar Syndrome Review: Nightmare Sisters (1988, David DeCoteau)

  “Sex isn't their only weapon...”

Melody (Linnea Quigley, SAVAGE STREETS), Marci (Brinke Stevens, SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE) and Mickey (Michelle Bauer, LUST FOR FREEDOM) are your typical geeky college girls who just can't seem to find a man. When their fellow sorority sisters leave to have parties and spend time with their significant others, the nerdy trio are left to their own devices and decide to have a little party of their own. With slim pickings in the male department, they call the equally geeky Kevin (Richard Gabai, DEMON WIND) to come over with his friends Freddy (Marcus Vaughter, THE VISITANTS) and Duane (William Dristas in his only role). It seems perfect; three boys, three girls and a house to themselves. That is until they decide to have a séance with a crystal ball that flea market obsessed Marci bought earlier that day. The group unfortunately summon a succubus, possessing the girls in the process and turning them in to beautiful sex crazed demons who are hungry for blood. Thankfully, the boys have some breathing space when a trio of their overbearing frat housemates crash the party and find themselves on the receiving end of the beautiful yet deadly succubi. This gives them time to call rent-a-exorcist Perrin (Jim Culver, LADY AVENGER) to hopefully help them get out of this bind and defeat evil. College should be a safe space after all!

Now before I get in to what I think of the film, it should be noted that the film was shot in around four days using a script that took seven days to write and was shot using loose ends of film from DeCoteau's previous film; Sorority Babes in the Sliemball Bowl-O-Rama. With that out of the way, I have to say that Nightmare Sisters wasn't the greatest cinematic experience I've ever had. For an erotic horror comedy, it didn't really deliver on any of those aspects. Sure, there is a hearty amount of nudity, but it really didn't do too much for me, even though the female cast are easy on the eyes and probably the best thing about this movie. Although overly long, the scene involving nubile bath action did stand out however. Comedy wise, it was your typical schlock humour with more jokes missing than hitting. Aside from one genuinely clever and well executed reference to the The Exorcist, there's really nothing there that will even raise a chuckle. What this film does have going for it is a somewhat intriguing story penned by Kenneth J. Hall (CRITTERS) that ultimately suffered with pacing issues, but did bring something unique to the table. There were also moments that reminded me of Evil Dead that I got a kick out of. That's really all that I can say about this film to be honest. It's one of those films that isn't awful, but just quite dull. However, I will say that under the circumstances, they pulled off a film that actually looks like a film. So it's not all bad.
  Although the film is something to be desired, props should be given to Vinegar Syndrome for not only giving this obscure cheapie a proper release, but for giving it a release it probably shouldn't really have. The film is presented in 2k from the original camera negative. It looks and sounds great with the only visual issues coming from some the film's actual cinematography in places. In terms of extras there's a director's introduction and an intriguing commentary from DeCoteau and Quigley that is more enjoyable than the actual film. To compliment that, there is an alternate TV version of the film that pretty much tones down the sleaze factor and uses alternate takes, an interview with Hall, outtakes, bloopers and some really cool alternate artwork. If you're a fan of this film or those involved, you probably already own this. If not, you have to buy it. Those looking for an entertaining piece of 80's teen sex comedy, you may want to give this one a miss.

Nightmare Sisters is available as a DVD / Blu-Ray combo from Vinegar Syndrome.


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