The bottom of the independent horror barrel gets a sound scraping from this inept and offensive schlock item.
The young Sicole sisters, Jackie (Pamela Sutch), Jane (Christine Taylor), and Janice (Tina Krause), live a carefree life together until one day, their house in invaded by Jack (Peter Kerr) and two buddies, who tie up Jackie and Jane and gang-rape Janice. Jackie and Jane escape, only to return
later to find Janice dead, and the experience drives them mad. Several years later, they're released from an institution, apparently cured, but immediately begin seducing and murdering local men, cutting off their sexual organs and storing them in glass jars. Ultimately, the girls encounter Jack
and his friends again and subject them to the same fate as their previous victims. But settling the score hasn't abated Jackie and Jane's blood lust, as their new next-door neighbor finds out...
Although given a slightly higher-profile release, PSYCHO SISTERS is very much in the tradition of the homemade shot-on-video gorefests of co-producing entity W.A.V.E Productions. The horror equivalent of amateur porn, these no-budget movies are devoted to the torture and murder of young women;
this one takes the opposite tack of having two brutalized girls as the aggressors and men as the victims, an approach that writer, co-producer and co-director Pete Jacelone (according to a video afterword) seems to thinks is blazingly original and empowering. But having these scantily-clad vixens
bloodily emasculating men whom they seduced in the first place hardly qualifies as a feminist statement.
Semantics aside, PSYCHO SISTERS is markedly incompetent on all levels of the craft. The story and production values are largely non-existent, as are the acting and direction; lead actress Sutch blows two lines in the first five minutes, with retakes apparently not an option. The whole shot-on-tape
mess has been run through a cheap filmlooking process that gives it a stuttery, distracting look and makes it even harder to watch than it already is. (Graphic violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, extreme profanity.)
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