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★★★☆☆Made in 1973, a whole three years before his breakthrough Stephen King adaptation Carrie, Brian De Palma's Sisters (previously released as Blood Sisters in the UK and now available on DVD and Blu-ray through Arrow Video) begins with a mock quiz show called 'Peeping Tom', in which a female participant wins a set of steak knives. Right there, we have the key De Palma obsessions; voyeurism stabbed through with violence, all played out with a healthy slice of self-aware humour. This being De Palma, we also need the Hitchcock influence which - with a late score by Bernard Hermann - occasionally oversteps the mark into straight pastiche rather than nuanced, reverent homage.


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