1. Forbidden Pictures.
Rochon and April Burril are two sisters - and also witches.
Living a closeted life in the kind of apartment building where
everyone knows everyone else, they try to keep to themselves,
but are increasingly paranoid that one of their neighbours -
or possibly all of them - know what they are and are out to
get them. As a series of events occur that seem to confirm their
fears, the pair become more and more fearful, and decide to
fight back using their magical powers.
Good Sisters is a strange film. Content to move at
a slow - some might say sluggish - burn for the first hour,
it suddenly bursts into life with a gory mutilation and psuedo-incestuous
nude rituals, as if director JimmyO Burril had suddenly remembered
that he was making an exploitation movie. It's a little too
late in proceedings though, as the bulk of the film is given
over to a weak study in paranoia - Burril is, sadly, no Polanski
in this regard, and rather than create mood and tension, he
allows some poor actors to ramble on while the sisters often
look more bored than crazed.
Rochon and Burril both give solid performances, but the rest
of the cast are at best passable, and while the movie is well
shot, the snails pace of the story really lets it down. While
the final twenty minutes or so are impressive, the first two
acts are pretty dull.
version under review is the unrated 'psycho-sexual director's
cut', though what is new is anyone's guess - I didn't see anything
too extreme, and to be honest, I expected more from "one
of the most hauntingly erotic films to bewitch the horror genre
in ages" (as one cover blurb proclaims) than two topless
scenes, even if one of them did feature the sisters (inexplicitly)
frigging each other.
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