Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Evil Sister 2 (2001)

... aka: Evil Sister II
... aka: Evil Sister II: Bound by Blood

Directed by:
Brad Sykes

Producer David S. Sterling and director / scripter Brad Sykes deliver another camcorder catastrophe in a eye-catching video box to skip out on. Shot on the cheap in Arizona, this follows blonde teen psychic Tamara (Heather Branch) and her stern, overprotective, incestuously-inclined father Frank (Joseph Haggerty) on a road trip through the Mojave desert looking for Frank's missing daughter Lorna (also played by Branch, wearing a red wig). The two spend most of their time fighting, cruising down the road in a van, making pit stops at hotels (where Frank handcuffs his daughter to the bed and watches her shower) and crossing paths with a tarot-card reading drifter (Tisha Draft) and a homeless punk named Widow (Jarrod Robbins).

Meanwhile, Lorna (who is mute) is hiding out in an abandoned junkyard preying on stray travelers. Wearing only a cape, she strolls around fully nude, seducing men onto a mattress in the floor of a junked-up trailer, who she then proceeds to viciously stab to death. Lorna turns out to be the victim of a brutal rape (by...guess who?) that has driven her crazy. The attack scenes are very, very bloody and reasonably well done (rapid fire editing is employed) considering the low-grade quality of the rest of this production, which was dedicated to Jean Rollin. Also with Susannah Devereux (the only person in this film who can act) as a woman who briefly befriends Lorna and the director as a photographer.

I don't know much about the rare original EVIL SISTER aside from the fact it's a slasher that was shot on video and has absolutely nothing to do with this "sequel."


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