“Switchblade Sisters”

Dir. Jack Hill 1975

It’s like Grease minus the numbers. The Warriors but with babes. Nothing remotely close to The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. It’s a cult film. B-movie. An exploitation classic. Anyway you slice it, Switchblade Sisters is one badass 70s joint, ya dig?

Meet the Dagger Debs. A gang of blade-wielding black-hearted jezebels. Patch, the one-eyed blonde-bombshell. Donut, the insatiable imbecile slash punching bag for jokes. And Lace, their maniacal leader, constantly cracking wise through a sinister, snarling grin. Her man, Dominic, is the boss of the Silver Daggers and together they spell “trouble” for their inner-city community and police force. But there’s a new girl in town, Maggie, and she’s no chicken. What unfolds is unrelenting fun.

The girls get thrown into a juvenile correctional facility where Maggie meets Mom, the overseer of the dormitory. Now the Dagger Debs are no stranger to Mom or her predilection for the female variety. Maggie’s a hot piece of ass and they know that Mom wants a taste, so like the catty little high schoolers they are, they sit tight and watch how the new girl takes it. Well, biting and clawing, obviously. When Mom takes a kick to the gut she snickers and chillingly spits, “Full of ginger, aren’t you, huh?” I don’t exactly know what it means but it’s rough-sounding and good for a laugh. Like you’d hope, the movie is chock-full of snappy lines like this.

Everything from the acting to the violence is sensationalized. The bad guys talk like bad guys (which is practically everyone). The “good guys”, specifically, the cops and school administrators just sound corny. Every character is a caricature, namely, Dominic and Lace who are the quintessential gang bosses. Their personalities are explosive and so is their relationship. In a bedside scene, Lace cries like a banshee as Dominic dresses to leave, admonishing, “If you go, it’s gonna turn out baaaad!” And you believe her. Viscerally. I mean, this broad is nuts. She’d kill for that guy.

If you’ve got 90 minutes and down for a good time—watch this movie! I can’t vouch for it enough. I learned of Switchblade Sisters through Quentin Tarantino’s distributing company Rolling Thunder Pictures so if my endorsement isn’t worthy, his should be.

What are you waiting for? Log onto Netflix now and watch it!

One Response to ““Switchblade Sisters””
  1. Travis says:

    Excellent article, thanks.

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