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Don't Mess With My Sister (1987)

Cast: Kit Bard, Kit Bard, Pam La Testa, more...
Director: Meir Zarchi, Meir Zarchi
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Elite
Genre: Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 85 min.
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Joe Perce plays a luckless young blade slated for a forced marriage. As the title indicates, Perce has gotten himself into this mess through his inability to keep his hands to himself. Key ingredients are an exotic dancer, a vendetta-happy family, and a murder or two. Director Meir Zarchi is best known for his horror opus I Spit on Your Grave. Filmed in 1985, Sister was not widely released until 1987. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Good vibes... by colintappe April 26, 2009 - 1:40 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Alright, let's not beat around the bush, the ONLY reason one would actively seek this film out, and surely the only reason it's in print today, is because it's the only other film by the director of the notorious I Spit On Your Grave, Meir Zarchi. Now, I Spit On Your Grave is scripture to me. I've seen the film quite a few times, watched it very closely, looking beyond the sensational aspects, and picking up on all the film's (yeah, I'll say it) subtle nuances. That being said, I have a certain reverence of Zarchi that I can't divorce from the film itself. Make no mistake, Don't Mess With My Sister is NOT I Spit on your grave, but its decided "liteness" is actually a relief from the unrelenting brutality of I Spit On Your Grave. The basic plot--a husband cheating on his wife, and the wife, with the aid of her two brothers, seeking revenge on the husband--coupled with the harshness of Zarchi's other film, might lead one to expect a grizzly movie with scenes of extended and elaborate torture, but Don't Mess With My Sister lacks any such heaviness. It is, however, quite an entertaining movie that has a hard time finding its tone, and seems to float hover somewhere between comedy, action and a relationship drama. By inhabiting so many spaces, Don't Mess With My Sister is a really weird watch, and you're never quite sure how you feel about the film while it's going on, but overall I'd say the film has a very endearing quality, achieved primarily through the simplicity and charm of its characters. There are no heroes or villains, you find yourself genuinely caring about the mundane lives of all the players involved. I will say, if I miss anything from I Spit on Your Grave, it would be the distinct look of that film. Don't Mess With My Sister, for all its charm, isn't really much to look at. But this isn't art, and it's barely even exploitation. Just a simple, low budget 80's flick shot in a New York junkyards and apartments. And I dug it!

Don't Rent This Movie by stypee June 16, 2004 - 11:24 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
There has always been an unusual misconception about this film, directed by the man who bought us I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE aka as DAY OF THE WOMAN. That misunderstanding was that it fell under the "horror" genre. It really isn't a horror film at all, it's a boring, drawn out 85 minute revenge flick. While the cover art has also made the disc seem appealing there is nothing remotely interesting about this movie. I'm surprised I survived watching it all the way through.

The plot is a little confusing because it isn't revealed until the end. Basically some big bonehead attending college works with his brother in-laws (that would be plural) at their own junkyard. He yearns to someday make partnership with the two idiots as they pay for his education (he's the book-keeper) and we later learn that they apparently assisted him in bill paying during his married life span to their sister (who is also the mother of his child).

One day he leaves campus and picks up a fine looking chick to drive her home. When she gives him the address to drop her off at, it turns out that it's his! She's a part-time belly dancer that's been hired for his surprise birthday party. He later becomes obsessed with her and a weird plot twist ensues where he saves her from a rich guy for a "private dance"; they kill the guy and so the two keep the big thing a secret.

Without any spoilers the ending is what the title of the movie implies and I won't tell you who wins because it's really, really weird.

"Don't Mess With My Sister" is a cheesy 80's flick that was somehow picked up for the "Grindhouse" circuit (no where near is it even close to a "Grindhouse" movie) and once again it's a brilliant poster for a lackluster crap-fest. If you can get your hands on it, rent the SPECIAL EDITION (there are two) of "I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE" and listen to the audio commentary by Joe Bob Briggs (don't bother watching the movie, just listen to the commentary) he'll bring a new perspective to a film that repulsed critics and fans of the genre alike, it's a terrible film but there's a strange sensibility to it (speaking of "I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE") unfortunately, Joe Bob doesn't have a commentary on this one and no justice could have ever given this film a worthy viewing or addition to your collection.

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