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Nightmare Sisters – Vinegar Syndrome (BluRay / DVD Combo) 
Written by: on October 27th, 2016


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1988
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Kenneth J. Hall
Cast: Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, Timothy Kauffman, Matthew Phelps, C. Jay Cox, Richard Gabai

BluRay released: October 25th, 2016
Approximate running times: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98


Synopsis: A séance turns three nerdy college girls into soul devouring ravishing succubi.

Nightmare Sisters was directed by David DeCoteau, a prolific filmmaker whose other notable films include, Creepozoids, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, Deadly Embrace, Murder Weapon and Blonde Heaven. Key collaborators on Nightmare Sisters include, screenwriter Kenneth J. Hall (Puppetmaster, Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout) and cinematographer Vojislav Mikulic (Deadly Dancer).

Nightmare Sisters takes familiar horror film themes and gives them a much-needed makeover. Most notably the premise of the film having three homely looking girls who through a chance encounter are turned into drop dead gorgeous sex addicts. This potent premise opens so many more avenues that your run of the mill horror film cannot complete with.

The narrative is well constructed and pacing is never an issue as things move along at a break neck momentum. Another strength of this film is how each of the three main characters are given personalities that are distinctively different. Instead of going all the all too familiar route one dimensional characters who are defined solely by their appearance.

From a production stand point this film delivers and then some. The special effects are well executed and sufficiently gory. And when it comes to the visuals this films does not disappoint, especially when it comes to its three leading ladies. Standout moments include, the opening scene where a widow visits a shaman who tries to connect her with her recently deceased husband and the scene where the three girls transform from nerds to sexy seductresses.

Performance wise, everything begins and ends with this film’s three leading ladies, Linnea Quigley (The Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons), Brinke Stevens (The Slumber Party Massacre) and Michelle Bauer (Café Flesh, Night of the Living Babes). Nightmare Sisters would mark their third collaboration. With the previous two films being, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama and Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers. Though these three actresses are known for not being shy when it comes to showing some flesh. It was a lot of fun seeing these three actresses dressed like nerds. Overall Nightmare Sisters is highly entertaining horror / comedy hybrid that full exploits its inventive premise.

The BluRay:

Nightmare Sisters comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer created for this release was scanned and restored from in 2k from its original 35mm camera negative. The image is in great shape; grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression. Needless to say, this film has never looked better on home video.

This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio is in very good shape; dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Range wise this mix sounds robust when it needs too and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented.

Extras for this release include, an intro for the film with director David DeCoteau (2 minutes 7 seconds), bloopers (8 minutes 15 seconds), interview with screenwriter Kenneth J. Hall (11 minutes 58 seconds) and an audio commentary with David DeCoteau.

Topics discussed in the interview with Kenneth J. Hall include, his first professional job working for Fred Olen Ray for the film The Tomb, the origins of Nightmare Sisters, besides screenwriting other areas of the production he helped in include special effects & his voice being used for the succubus monster, the score / music, the cast and his thoughts about the film.

Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, producer Charles Band, the origins of Nightmare Sisters, how the film was shot in four with left over 35mm film stock from a film he had just completed, the screenplay and collaborating with Kenneth J. Hall, the cast & the crew, on set memories and other production related topics.

Other extras include, alternate feature length T.V. version of Nightmare Sisters (1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive, 81 Minutes 30 seconds).

Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release. Overall Nightmare Sisters gets a definitive release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.

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