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Blood Sisters (1987)

R | | Horror, Thriller | 1987 (USA)
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Seven girls must spend the night in an old house, which once was a brothel, as part of an initiation.

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Roberta Findlay

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Roberta Findlay
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Brentano Amy Brentano ... Linda
Shannon McMahon ... Alice
Dan Erickson Dan Erickson ... Ross
Marla Machart Marla Machart ... Marnie
Elizabeth Rose Elizabeth Rose ... Bonnie
Cjerste Thor Cjerste Thor ... Cara
Patricia Finneran Patricia Finneran ... Diana
Gretchen Kingsley Gretchen Kingsley ... Ellen
Bridgete Cossu Bridgete Cossu ... Laurie
Randall Walden Randall Walden ... Jim
Brain Charlton Wrye Brain Charlton Wrye ... John
John Fasano ... Larry
Pam La Testa Pam La Testa ... The Madame
Mikhall Druhan Mikhall Druhan ... Edna, the Prostitute
Lynnea Benson Lynnea Benson ... Prostitute
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Seven girls must spend the night in an old house, which once was a brothel, as part of an initiation.

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A haunted whorehouse of horror. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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USA

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English

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1987 (USA) See more »

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Englewood, New Jersey, USA See more »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Another wasted opportunity.
30 September 2009 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Thirteen years after a disturbed boy blasts his fat hooker mother and her trick to pieces with a shotgun, a group of sorority pledges must spend the night in the now deserted brothel and participate in a scavenger hunt as part of their initiation ceremony. To ensure a thoroughly terrifying experience awaits for the girls, three frat boys have rigged the house with pranks, but they really needn't have bothered, for the place is not only haunted by the ghosts of dead prostitutes and their customers, but is home to a knife wielding maniac as well.

In my IMDb write-ups for similarly themed horrors The Nesting (directed by XXX film-maker Armand Weston) and The ghosts of Sodom (by Lucio Fulci), I expressed my disappointment over these films' lack of depravity, explaining that, given the salacious premise, they deserved to be filled with plenty of sex and gore, particularly when made by people for whom exploitation should be second nature; unfortunately, Roberta Findlay, also an ex-porn director and the woman behind the infamous shocker Snuff (1976), doesn't fare any better with her haunted hooker horror, just about delivering on the sex front with plenty of topless starlets and a few tame soft-core couplings, but completely screwing up matters when it comes to bringing on the splatter.

According to the interview with Findlay included on the DVD of Blood Sisters, the film was written in a hurry to meet a financial deadline, and her low, low budget wouldn't allow for fancy special effects. Hence we get lots of nudity (tits being much cheaper to film than special effects), and a whole slew of dull, bloodless death scenes designed to save on bucks, including strangulation with a garter, suffocation inside a coffin, a hanging, and a fall down a stairwell.

Combine the lack of blood and guts with an awful script that doesn't start killing the pledges off for about an hour and which ultimately makes not a lick of sense (where did all those other ghosts come from and where did everyone go at the end?), and you have one hell of an unsatisfying film.


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