Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sisters (1973)

Director: Brain DePalma. Cast: Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning. 93 min. Rated R. Horror/Mystery.

Why doesn't DePalma make movies like this anymore? One of a pair of separated Siamese twin sisters commits murder, and a nosy journalist neighbor tries to sleuth her way in. The elements that made DePalma famous are masterfully present, from voyeurism to bloody violence to his everlasting Hitchcock obsession (Psycho, Vertigo, The Rear Window and The Rope are all here, with a Bernard Hermann soundtrack). Add to that my weakness for 70s New York films (this one happening in Staten Island), and this is one gripping horror movie. Incredible acting by Margot Kidder, with an especially convincing French accent.

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