Psycho Sisters (1974)

aka So Evil, My Sister
Article 2643 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-1-2008
Posting Date: 11-7-2008
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Featuring Susan Strasberg, Faith Domergue, John Ashton
Country: USA

When her husband dies in a car accident, a woman decides to stay with her sister, who secretly spikes her coffee with pills and keeps an axe-wielding simpleton with a record of homicides as a handyman. The widow has nightmares and meets a surfer who is actually an undercover cop.

If you want to see a fifty-year old Faith Domergue take a shower, or if you want to see Susan Strasberg in a swimsuit, or if you want to see the goofiest mask of a man burned in a car wreck ever, this is the movie for you. If you want a story that makes sense and in which the plot twists seem clever and not at all contrived, this is one to avoid. Still, since this was Reginald Le Borg’s last movie, it has a little curiosity value, though it’s perhaps his weakest directorial effort (unless you count HOUSE OF THE BLACK DEATH, in which he did some uncredited direction, but when one of the other directors is Jerry Warren, I find it hard to put the blame on Le Borg). Even with this one, I put more of the blame on the script by Tony Crechales, who also gave us BLOOD MANIA; quite frankly, this movie dredges up some of the dumbest plot twists I’ve ever seen in a movie.



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