Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 27: Switchblade Sisters

Date: July 27
Film: Switchblade Sisters [usa, 1975]
Where: Tulsa/at home/streamer
Who with: Loner style
Rating: ****

I took a few days off without a movie as I was too busy doing other stuff. A movie every day is tough! I really enjoyed the 1975 exploitation classic Switchblade Sisters. Great title and it has the perfect story for the drive-ins and grindhouse theatres of the day: a teenage gang of girls who are running wild in the streets as they battle rival gangs. This film is directed by Jack Hill, who is known for some of "blaxploitations" best known films in Coffee and Foxy Brown. Hill turns his attention to the exploits of teenage girls to full effect in Switchblade Sisters. There's knife fights, shootouts in urban wastelands AND in a roller rink, juvenile detention fist fights with guards, sex, bad acting and all kinds of 1970s wonderful. What makes this so good is its played with 100% seriousness. There's no wink-wink to the audience, it's gritty and offers no hope of escape for these girls all the way up to the terrific ending.

PS: Check out that poster!


hidden staircase said...

poster reminds me of charlie's angels...but bad-ass!
oh, the 1970s!

Joshua Blevins Peck said...

If some of the Jezebels make it out of their teenage years, being an "Angel" would have been good work for them. I could definitely see "Maggie" being one. Although, the her skills with knives and guns might be a little too intense for ol' Charlie, ha.

hidden staircase said...

angels with an edge, literally!

hidden staircase said...

i was thinking maybe charlie would be okay with it...but bosley wouldn't be into it! hahaha... i've seen charlie's angels at scarecrow and have been really tempted to rent. maybe watch for fun with she used to watch it too. double feature: switchblade sisters and charlie's angels!