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3.5
1,995 Ratings

Sisters

Directed by Brian De Palma
United States, 1973
Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

A scary and stylish paean to female destructiveness, De Palma’s first foray into horror voyeurism is a stunning amalgam of split-screen effects, bloody birthday cakes, and a chilling score by frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann.

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Sisters Directed by Brian De Palma
While Sisters is not his first overt nod to Hitchcock—that was Murder à la Mod (1968)—it is the best, and most mordantly funny, in a career that also includes the glosses Obsession (1976) and Dressed to Kill (1980).
October 23, 2018
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Shamelessly lurid, it’s also De Palma’s best. “Sisters” boasts an angsty score by Bernard Herrmann, who wrote the music for a number of Hitchcock films including “Psycho,” from which “Sisters” borrows much of its plot. De Palma also drew on Hitchcock’s brilliant use of editing to generate suspense, augmenting conventional crosscutting with his taste for split-screen action.
October 10, 2018
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Blurring the line between cheapo exploitation, arty experimentation, and outright Mad Magazine–style absurdity, Sisters offers an early, vivid glimpse of a young master coming into his own.
April 11, 2018
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