Plot: What’s it about?
This movie has a pretty basic premise, but along the road to the end, it becomes muddled and takes a few too many turns for this reviewer. Now twists and such are more than welcome, but they must be executed well to work and they just don’t work very often here. The storyline is simple it seems, but the various spins can leave you wondering what is happening, which isn’t a good thing in this case. So to avoid confusing you too much, I won’t attempt to summarize the film’s plot and such, but I will give you a basic overview of what to expect. The theme seems to be revenge and how things can spiral out of control, but I think the real theme should be how not to write a motion picture screenplay. A man messes with the wrong woman and soon enough, he finds himself in a world of pain and running. With each turn, he sinks deeper into trouble and escape becomes that much more distant. There’s an end to it all though, but not a very good one.
The case for this film promotes as being from the creator of I Spit On Your Grave and that’s correct, both films were helmed by Meir Zarchi. And I suppose having that listed on the case will generate some attention, but I also think it could lead some folks down the wrong path. While both films revolve around the idea of revenge, they take much different paths to explore that concept. Where I Spit On Your Grave is violent in a blood laced, sadistic fashion, Don’t Mess With My Sister is more brutal than anything. This means there is violence to be seen, but not much in the way of blood and guts, which some might be expecting. But as long as you didn’t come just for the gore, this can be a decent flick and a few nice action sequences help keep the pace up. But I do think the film falls short of what it could have been, which is a real shame. As I watched the movie, I longed for the intense tone of I Spit On Your Grave, as well as more blood. This one will make a solid rental for those interested, but I just can’t recommend a purchase to anyone but hard-core fans of the film.
As I mentioned above, Don’t Mess With My Sister was directed by Meir Zarchi, whom exploitation fans should recognize. I like Zarchi’s other film a lot, but this film seemed too restrained and mainstream for my tastes, which is odd, since the film is uncut and unrated in this edition. I’d seen this movie in previous editions and hoped for some great new footage, but I didn’t see much in the added scenes. But I guess my expectations for a brutal and blood soaked fiasco tainted the film for me, perhaps with no prior knowledge I might have liked it more. The film still some good sequences, but it lacks the energy and intensity that some of Zarchi’s better effort has. If you want to see more of his work, I recommend I Spit On Your Grave very highly, it is a true exploitation classic. The cast of Don’t Mess With My Sister includes Peter Sapienza, Joe Perce (Black Rain, The Hidden), Jack Gurci, Laura Lanfranchi, and Jeannine Lemay.
Video: How does it look?
Don’t Mess With My Sister is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. As you might expect, this transfer shows a lot of grain, but that is expected and it is never too extreme. I happen to think it adds to the tone of the film, but I am unsure if that was intentional or not. This transfer is a nice improvement over previous editions and though the film’s visuals don’t allow for much sparkle, it looks very good here. The colors seem faded, but I think this is was the intent, as the film seems to have an overall beaten up image. The contrast is even as well, though the grain does lower the effectiveness somewhat. This might not win any awards, but fans of the film will be very pleased.
Audio: How does it sound?
There isn’t a whole lot to discuss here, as the film’s audio is present in a rather basic effort and the front channels shoulder the load. I think a few sequences in the movie could use some surround support, but on the whole, the front speakers manage well and don’t sound bad at all. The film’s score comes across in fine form, with minimal harshness and no signs of distortion in the least. The sounds effects and dialogue are also replicated well, but in the end, this one is just decent enough to avoid a lower score.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.