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Brian de Palma impersonates Alfred Hitchcock at least in the set up for Sisters, a demented thriller starring Margot Kidder as a set of now-separated conjoined twins, one sweet, the other murderous. Kidder is supposed to be French Canadian in this, and yes, I think her accented English is pretty on point. Nice! Of course, where she speaks actual French, you can tell she's neither a native speaker, nor doing any kind of Quebecker accent. Oh well. That's pretty typical for movies and TV. Anyway, though de Palma builds suspense in Hitchcockian ways, the material is more lurid and exploitative than anything Hitch has done outside of Frenzy, and time goes on, has rustlings of later de Palma disturbia. A sore point, I guess, is the reporter played by Jennifer Salt who is essentially our POV character. She's strident and quite clearly terrible at her job, and I just wanted something nasty to happen to her. Not saying if I get my wish, but the third act is so crazy, anything could happen. The movie really delves into the psychological/metaphorical symbolism of twinning for its plot, which makes it an underrated gem of 70s horror cinema.
This one will rock your socks off.
Well, at first it seemed like a poor rear window rip off, but it really ended up more cleverly. The last twenty minutes were superb.
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This movie ranks #93 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #217 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films