A Wild Girl Gang
Jack Hill’s Switchblade Sisters is a bad film about a group of bad girls doing some really bad things. A film like this can no longer be made in the politically correct world we live in.
The story is simple and utterly unbelievable. Maggie (Joanne Nail) proves herself in a fight and becomes a member of the Dagger Debs. Soon after, she is raped by Dominic (Asher Bauner), the leader of the Silver Daggers, who convinces himself that she is the girl of his dreams. This creates plenty of tension between Maggie and Lace (Robbie Lee), the leader of the Dagger Debs, who has been dating Dominic. Meanwhile, another girl, Patch (Monica Gayle), who dislikes Maggie, realizes that the drama could be a great opportunity for her to get rid of the gang’s newest and unusually popular member and its leader.
The film is broken into multiple episodes in which the girls are frequently angry. There is plenty of macho talk and quite a few fights but the exchanges are quite simple. This is probablythe reason why the film has a huge fan base. The talk is rough and the acting quite bad, but the static in the air feels real. There are plenty of scenes where the girls basically go into overdrive mode and get pretty wild. The guys are either horny or stupid. The girls easily take care of them but only because the story needs them to.
“Switchblade Sisters” is a little movie, full of all the lurid teases, off-the-cuff production values, and relevance that make exploitation movies cultural time capsules. These high-school gang girls are an urban lot who confront their beloved male counterparts in the Silver Daggers, the sadistic and predatory lesbian prison matron, the rival gang who’s moving into their school territory, and the black female revolutionary who quotes Chairman Mao and has stored firearms in an abandoned police station. It moves along at a fast clip that staves off any concerns about the plot’s sillier aspects and uneven performances.
Filled with sharp, clever dialogue and tongue in cheek humor, this is a grindhouse classic!
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary by historians/critics Samm Deighan & Kat Ellinger
We Are The Jezebels, an archival documentary featuring director Jack Hill, producer John Prizer, casting director Geno Havans, production designer B.B. Neel, stunt coordinator Bob Minor, and stars Joanne Nail, Asher Brauner, and Chase Newhart
Gangland: The locations of Switchblade Sisters, an archival documentary in which Jack Hill and filmmaker Elijah Drenner revisit the shooting locations of Switchblade Sisters
Jack Hill and Joanne Nail at the Grindhouse Film Festival, a 2007 archival interview with the director and actor
Interview with Jack Hill, Robbie Lee, Joanne Nail, an archival 1990 s interview with the director and stars in conversation with Johnny Legend
Galleries of behind the scenes stills, international posters, video covers, and lobby cards
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Heather Drain