Director – Pete Jacelone (Dead Students Society, The Masked Strangler)
Starring – Pamela Sutch (Sorority Slaughter, Virgin Sacrifices), Christine Taylor (Domestic Strangers), and Tina Krause (Bloodletting, Strawberry Estates)
Release Date – 1994
Rating – 2/5
Blu Release – 3.5/5
A few months ago I discovered W.A.V.E. Productions thanks to the documentary Mail Order Murder: The Story of W.A.V.E. Productions. I was kicking myself for not knowing about them prior to but I was surprised to see a few films that I was familiar with get mentioned in the documentary like HorrorTales.666 which was recently released on DVD by The Sleaze Box.
Soon after watching the doc I quickly rushed to my computer and ordered a few titles and before long Vinegar Syndrome’s partner label Saturn’s Core released the 1994 W.A.V.E. film Psycho Sisters. This was another must own release for me and I was quick to pre-order a copy. While I was on my Thanksgiving break I decided to finally dig into it.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows two twisted sisters who go on a killing spree after witnessing the rape and murder of their younger sister. **Spoiler Alert**
I was seriously excited to check this one out and was even more excited after I spoke with William Hellfire who is one of the folks behind Saturn’s Core. Sadly, I didn’t like the film. Don’t get me wrong because I had fun watching it but the movie itself was nothing spectacular. It’s easily forgettable but I always find something enjoyable about watching an S.O.V. flick I had never seen before.
The acting in this one is exactly what you would expect from an early 90s S.O.V. flick. The cast, especially the female leads, are very dedicated to their roles. The characters are poorly written but the female leads have a lot of fun in front of the camera.
The story for this one is simple and straight to the point but it stretches itself far too thin. Two beautiful women seducing and killing men is exactly what most male horror fans are looking for. However, this movie is extremely repetitive and the sleazy aspect doesn’t reach it’s full potential. The film misses several opportunities to bring the carnage and sleaze. Instead, it feels like each scene is rushed and the story just follows what they could film as quick as possible.
Finally, don’t expect to find a bloody flick. We get some strangulations and the like but that’s the extent of it. The deaths are forgettable and lack any imagination. Overall, Psycho Sisters is a great idea that misses it’s mark. The thought of two beautiful women seducing and killing men could be something horror fans would never forget but the way it was shot made for a film that had no reason to be as dull as it is. I wanted to love it but I couldn’t. The blu release looks great so S.O.V. fans and collectors should check it out but if you are looking for something new to watch you will want to skip this one.
Region Free Blu-ray
New transfer from the original S-VHS edit master
Original “Psycho Sisters” demo video created by W.A.V.E. Productions
Vintage 1995 “afterward” with director Pete Jacelone
Vintage 1998 “afterward” with director Pete Jacelone
W.A.V.E.’s Splatter Chatter video magazine featuring footage & interviews from the 1995 theatrical premiere at Willam Paterson College
“Psycho Sisters at Chiller” – vintage interviews from the 1995 Chiller Theatre Expo
“The Day the Shopping Carts Came To Life”: an early short film by Pete Jacelone
“Lost Child”: an early short film by Pete Jacelone
Original video teaser trailer
Mail Order Murder: The Story of W.A.V.E. Production trailer
Reversible cover artwork
English SDH subtitles