2/6/14

The Horshack Redemption #10: Switchblade Sisters (1975)




A review and discussion of the 1975 drive-in movie grindhouse classic Switchblade Sisters.  Gilligan and The Prof also countdown their top junk foods of the 1970s.  Enjoy!


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    7 comments:

    1. "Switchblade Sisters" was on THiS TV last year. The censor had to blur out so many nipples it looked like someone sneezed on the lens.

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    2. Well shut my mouth! I listened to your podcast today and apparently there was no nudity so what the hell was I remembering? But you guys are great, like Siskel & Ebert in full critic mode: "I agree. The problem with the lack of nudity..."

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    3. I think this is the best podcast so far, partly because the movie is a decent one, partly because of all the hilarious comments, plaid slacks, bay city rollers, the skating rink, all the stuff about how unreal it is, "I want a movie called Crabs!" I had always ASSUMED that this movie was some kind of post apocalyptic movie set in the fu

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    4. Hey Gilligan another great review, especially loved the talk of old candy (a few years back I bought a Count Chocula and Boo-Berry and t-shirt for the kids to marvel at, lol) and also used to love sugary Saturday mornings in front of the TV, thanks for bringing it all back to me :)

      Pass this link along to the Professor, "The Marathon Bar is gone but the Curly Wurly definitely takes it place. Each bar is the same size as the original Marathon Bar. 1 inch by 8 inches of braided caramel covered with milk chocolate. A bag of 20 bars"

      http://www.amazon.com/Marathon-Bar-Curly-Wurly-bars/dp/B000XR5MLW

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    5. Great podcast, Switchblade Sisters in my top 10 drive-in/grindhouse movies. You're right on with how Hollywood is unable to duplicate the feel of the 70's drive-in movies. I think what they are missing is the energy and talent behind those movies. When you really dive into the genre you'll recognize a ton of directors, writers and cinematographers that have ultimately made a name for themselves in the mainstream; they got their start in these movies, and their talent helped the movies rise above the level that their budget would have otherwise limited a less skilled team. Switchblade Sisters is a perfect example of an exploitation picture that is actually Shakespearean in it's story of power and corruption when you look at it from a basic plotline. But the way it's carried out is made to entertain the hell out of you and give you something that was usually taboo for a mass audience. It's a way of making movies that can be duplicated in look, but never in feel.
      (BTW-given your penchant for 70's movies I suggest looking for Massacre At Central High and Over The Edge...talk about a time capsule!)

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      1. I think the key to why the movies were better in the 70s is a question of STYLE. It isn't just dialogue or interesting characters, it's in the editing and how the movies were shot and how the stories were told. Style is the magic combination of a lot of, a million details. Movies today are often ugly, not 70s interesting ugly but ugly in a digitized way, either too bright or too dark. And the editing sucks. They try to make everything in the editing rather than the shot when you need both. Things are safer now, thus the dullness factor, it's actually a formula. Movies in the 70s will shock and surprise you at every turn (all the while never violating principles of consistent character or human psychology).

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