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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Halloween Countdown 2013 with the Complete Brian De Palma Film, "Sisters"

Since it's Saturday, I thought I'd present you with something a bit more epic on this year's Countdown. I started this by-now holiday tradition in 2013 by posting the full 1960 British horror classic, City of the Dead, via YouTube. Tonight, it's the full-length 1973 Brian DePalma flick, Sisters.

Sisters was a breakthrough film for the director as well as for the film's star, Margot Kidder. The supporting cast is wonderful: Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning, William Finley, Barnard Hughes, Dolph Sweet. I love DePalma's directorial flourishes, including his brilliant use of split-screen technique. The Hitchcock influence, especially via Psycho are unmistakable. Bernard Herrman even does the music score, for crying out loud! And it's set (and shot) on Staten Island! Lisle Wilson makes a handsome, charming leading man. Love his line, when he offers to take Kidder home and asks her where she lives, and she tells him it's Staten Island: "I thought you said you live in New York City!" And catch Olympia Dukakis in a bit part.

So bring out the pumpkin pie and candy corn, relax & watch this clever, scary, suspenseful and ever-so-tongue-in-cheek classic, a Beaverhausen top pic. And never were there such devoted sisters ~~ when it comes to mayhem! Or, as the poster blurb exclaims: "What the Devil hath joined together let no man cut asunder!"


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