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Sisters of Death (1976)

During an all-girl secret society initiation, one of the new members is killed playing Russian Roulette. Many years later the survivors are invited for a reunion to a lavish estate, which ... See full summary »


Joe Mazzuca (as Joseph A. Mazzuca)


Peter Arnold (screenplay), Elwyn Richards (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Arthur Franz ... Edmond Clybourn
Claudia Jennings ... Judy
Cheri Howell Cheri Howell ... Sylvia (as Chéri Howell)
Sherry Boucher ... Diane
Paul Carr ... Mark
Joe E. Tata Joe E. Tata ... Joe (as Joe Tata)
Sherry Alberoni ... Francie
Roxanne Albee Roxanne Albee ... Penny
Elizabeth Bergen Elizabeth Bergen ... Liz
Paul Fierro Paul Fierro ... Mexican
Vern Mathison Vern Mathison ... Police Officer
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During an all-girl secret society initiation, one of the new members is killed playing Russian Roulette. Many years later the survivors are invited for a reunion to a lavish estate, which turns out to be owned by the crazed father of the girl who died. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Five beautiful women are trapped in a luxurious mansion at the mercy of a sadistic madman. They can't see him. Until he strikes! See more »


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Shot in 1972, not released until 1977. See more »


In the opening scene, in the far shots of the initiation, the two pledges are sitting on one red platform each, both basically on the floor. In the close up, low angle views, the two pledges are each sitting on a stack of three red platforms, much higher off the floor. See more »


[explaining her decision to take a shower despite being trapped in the house with a killer]
Francie: Cleanliness is next to godliness, right? So I figure, if I'm next to Him, Clybourn won't get next to me.
[taps her head]
Francie: Smart chick.
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Could have used some full-frontal nudity, but still pretty decent
4 August 2006 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

Years after a pledge is accidentally killed in an initiation ceremony, the unrepentant and generally unsympathetic sorority sisters are called to a reunion at a remote house where they find themselves locked in by an electric fence and stalked by a killer. The identity and motive of the killer is pretty predictable, but there's still some unexpected surprises regarding his possible accomplice. This movie generally has a bad reputation, but I kind of liked it. The revenge-for-a-fraternity/sorority-prank-gone-wrong is a hoary old cliché in horror movies nowadays but it was pretty original back in 1972 when this movie was made. Similarly the fake class reunion plot was used in many other horror movies in subsequent years, some better ("The Redeemer"), some worse ("Slaughter High"). And it was even parodied at least once (in "National Lampoon's Class Reunion").

The movie also features an early starring role for drive-in queen Claudia Jennings. Jennings is less experienced (albeit also less drug-addled) than she would be in her later roles, and some will no doubt be disappointed that she doesn't take her clothes off. As a general rule it is a bad idea to cast a Playboy Playmate in a lead role and not have her undress (witness "Barb-wire" with Pamela Anderson or ANY movie with Jenny McCarthy). But while Jennings may have been well above average relative to other Playmates when it came to her naked charms, she was in a class by herself when it came to acting talent (with Shannon Tweed maybe a very distant second). She was probably the only Playmate in history who could have made it as a successful actress WITHOUT having been a Playmate. She's definitely the best thing in this movie as she is the ONLY remotely sympathetic potential victim.

The one thing I didn't like about this movie was that it was more in the style of an action movie than a horror movie (it takes place almost entirely in daylight, for instance). It kind of reminded of those stupid female action movies they make today for emasculated fanboys where 105 lb. fashion models go around wielding guns and beating everybody up. But this was the 1970's when feminism was still pretty feminine, and Jennings was one of the few actresses who was always believable in these scrappy roles. Sure this movie could have used some full-frontal nudity, but it's still pretty decent.

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Release Date:

19 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Trap See more »

Filming Locations:

Paso Robles, California, USA

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De Ville Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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