Nightmare Sisters

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The stereotype of sorority sisters is a charged one, gorgeous, nubile women who seek out sex at every turn. The kind of girls who abandon classes and cheerleading practice in order to drink beer, smoke pot, and have tons of sex. But not all sorority sisters have this incredible lifestyle, as evidenced by a trio of friends at a posh institution. Melody (Linnea Quigley), Marci (Brinke Stevens), and Mickey (Michelle Bauer) are not the usual sorority sisters, as they spend more time with books than with boys. The friends often bemoan that fact, but they’re left with minimal options, since the popular guys won’t give them a chance. All three have frumpy clothes, some have glasses, one has horrific teeth, and all would have a better chance at being shot with a tranquilizer gun than nailing a hot dude this weekend. In order to find some kind of action, the girls invite over some nerds, the male equivalent to their own kind. The date winds up being a bore, but a seance has the potential to spice things up, much more than expected, in fact. The seance awakens a succubus, which quickly possesses the three girls. This results in the three geeks turning into sex starved hotties, the kind of chicks most guys would kill to mount. But their desires turn lethal, which means it is up to the nerds to satisfy the inner demon in all three ladies.

This is a bad movie, no doubt about it, but Nightmare Sisters is destined to be part of many, many collections. This is because the film features three of the hottest Scream Queens of all time, which means triple the skin. Yes, Michelle Bauer (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Chickboxer), Linnea Quigley (Sexbomb, Graduation Day), and Brinke Stevens (Sideshow, Delta Delta Die) are all present in Nightmare Sisters, so you know the clothes drop all the time. You couldn’t ask for a better selection of B movie queens to be on showcase, as these three ladies have been in countless genre pictures, from low rent sci/fi to low rent horror to yes, even low rent softcore erotica. Nightmare Sisters has elements of horror, but the main focus is on the naked women and of course, that approach is a noble one. So much focus was tuned to the three hotties in fact, that no one bothered to craft a passable script. So the dialogue is downright hilarious, the kind of writing you’d expect from an Ed Wood movie. David DeCoteau (Leeches, Dr. Alien) directs with as much skill as possible, given the lack of plot and reliance on breasts & butts. In most cases, this movie would rank as a rental at best, but with three classic Scream Queens in their prime, Nightmare Sisters qualifies as a must have for genre buffs. Retromedia’s DVD is quite good to boot, with a pair of audio commentary tracks and some other cool supplements.

Video: How does it look?

Nightmare Sisters is presented in full frame, as intended. The print is worn and has some defects, but looks more than solid. If this were a major studio project or a newer release, I would be more critical, but this was made a while back on a limited budget. As such, we have to lean a little and grade this transfer on a curve. The print has some grain and marks, but the grain is light and the nicks never amount to much. You can tell this was made on the cheap, as the image is soft and dated, but I’d never expect a sharp, crisp edition of this picture. The grain does impact the contrast a shade at times, but black levels are often dead on. No worries with colors either, as the hues have a bright and natural scope. So while time and the limitations of the material have taken a toll, this is still a more than acceptable visual effort.

Audio: How does it sound?

This is your basic soundtrack and while it isn’t too impressive, it covers all the bases, which is enough in this case. I had to turn up the volume a little more than usual, but the balance was even, so I won’t complain much. The sound effects and music are well presented, at least when given the age and nature of this material, that is. I heard no serious problems with this track, but you can tell the budget was slim, as you should expect. No errors with the dialogue however, whether in terms of volume or clarity, this is a smooth, but somewhat dated mix. So in the end, you can’t complain much, since the material is well handled.

Supplements: What are the extras?

I didn’t expect much here, but this disc kicks off with two audio commentary tracks. The first is with director David DeCoteau and producer John Schouweiler, while the second features stars Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, and Richard Gabai. I always like to hear DeCoteau’s words of wisdom, but I had more fun with the cast members’ session. But if you like the flick, then both are well worth a listen, as both are fun and informative. This disc also includes three photo galleries, as well as a reel of bloopers and outtakes.

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