Spooktober Movie Review: Sisters (1972)

What is Sisters?

Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton, violently murder a man. Panicking, she calls the police. But when the detective arrives at the scene and finds nothing amiss, Grace is forced to take matters into her own hands. Her first move is to recruit private investigator Joseph Larch, who helps her to uncover a secret about Danielle’s past that has them both seeing double. Sisters is directed by Brian De Palma and stars Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, and Charles Durning.

I’m just going to come out and say it, Sisters is one of the most bizarre movies I have ever seen. Whether that’s a good thing or not, well that’s up to you. I went into Sister expecting a horror-thriller that involved twins. Simple enough right? No, the last thing Sisters is simple. The movie starts interesting enough by introducing the main character uniquely and cleverly. The rest of the movie divulge into a movie that is much weirder than the beginning of the movie would have to lead you to believe. I prefer the beginning of Sisters to the rest of Sisters, but that’s only a matter of preference. I saw Sisters going differently than where it actually went. That’s not a bad thing, because it’s my fault for expecting something else from the film. I placed forced expectations onto Sisters and it didn’t live up to them. Where Sisters went was much more peculiar than I could have ever expected.

I won’t spoil Sisters because some people might want to check it out. But what I will say is that Sisters goes somewhere I was not expecting. Throughout the entire movie, there’s this dark tension bubbling under the surface making the movie feel scarier as it goes on for. And once you learn what’s actually going on in Sisters it’s probably darker than you were expecting. It was darker than what I was expecting and things got strange rather quickly once what’s actually happening is revealed. There’s nothing wrong with dark and weird, but I didn’t foresee that’s where Sisters was going. It kinda felt like the movie switch lanes and tones once a particular character is introduced and the film changes protagonists with that character. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but changing protagonists, changing story structure, and changing tones made me miss the first half of the film. I saw more potential in the first half that slowly disperse where the rest of the film went.

I don’t want to discourage people from watching Sisters because it’s not a bad movie at all. Margot Kidder is great playing the respective twins (even if her accent is terrible). Brian De Palma’s direction of the film is well done. The film looks great and the acting is good as well. Where the story goes was unexpected and I found it to be weird. But that’s just me and like I stated before, a movie being weird is not a bad thing. I just wasn’t expecting the film to change courses and almost become an entirely different movie. I think I expected Sisters to be something it wasn’t and I was disappointed when it wasn’t what I want. Which once again is my fault, not the movie’s. There’s an audience for this movie, I could totally see an audience that loves Hitchcock films, would love Sisters. So if Sisters at all intrigues you, you should check it out.


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