9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
I bought this because Nightmare Sisters is pretty spendy by itself. The video quality is much like a VHS to DvD copy on all three movies. But with that said I love Linnea, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer movies so I shelled out my money pretty fast. If your looking for a high quality movie(both in definiton and film content) it ain't here. I probably would have waited for a used copy for less $$ if I had known it was going to look like a second generation VHS, but still kinda worth it for lots of nude Linnea.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2013
I am big fan of the 1980's B Movies, and three of my All time Fav's SCREAM QUEEN Ladies Michelle Bauer, Linnea Quigley, and Brinke Stevens are in these movies, and look really hot. Deadly Embrace, very sexy movie, NightMare Sisters about the same, Murder Weapon had its moments. The movie transfer was a little weak, but still if you like the era, and the genere, I would recommend purchasing this Grindhouse Triple Feature.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2013
First of all, the title. False advertising. This is NOT grindhouse fare. The earliest of these three movies was released in the late '80s (one even came out in the '90s), long after grindhouse proper was no more. In other words don't expect to get the really gritty, filthy, deplorable films that made grindhouse great. These actually are just three typical examples of '80s straight-to-video B movies (even C movies if you want to take it that far), great in their own right. I figure that most people who are buying this actually are Linnea Quigley fans and are not in search of real grindhouse, but I figured that I'd point out the obvious.
What these movies do have in common with quite a lot of the grindhouse films of yesteryear is that they are in terrible condition. They look like copies of copies on VHS, and the sound (which wasn't good even in the original masters) is mostly terrible. At least one of the three was taken from a Laserdisc version and the disc-turn command shows up. Oh yeah, it's that bad.
So these are the elements that take away from the product, but let's talk positives now:
I believe that this is the first time to DVD for any of the three movies, "Nightmare Sisters," "Deadly Embrace" and "Murder Weapon." And yes, all three are Quigley vehicles. She gets naked frequently in each, as do her female co-stars. Basically no full frontal here at all (disappointing), but a significant amount of sex particularly in "Deadly Embrace."
There are commentaries for each, with Quigley and famed B-movie director David DeCoteau, which is an outstanding addition although both of them get annoying at times. DeCoteau stammers along and seems distracted by his phone at points (they clearly did this in one take so we get to hear him on his phone four or five times) and Quigley, God love her, seems a little too eager to please. You, like me, will wish by the end that you had a nickel for every time that she says "Yes...that's right!" Maybe someone will invent a drinking game around that.
Reviewing each film:
"Deadly Embrace," 1989. The sexiest film of the lot with no really strong comic thread. Significant nudity from Quigley, co-star Ty Randolph (yowsa) and Michelle Bauer. Bauer plays, apparently, "the Spirit of Sex" in this perplexing tale involving a poolboy, his girlfriend Quigley, homeowner Randolph who wants to get into the poolboy's shorts (which at times look to be uncomfortably short) and her husband Jan-Michael Vincent. You know that it was destined for "Joe Bob Briggs' Drive-In Theater" when it's the late '80s and Jan-Michael Vincent is in the cast. This thing isn't edited well and is really, really hard to follow through most of it, but the gratuitous nature of the nudity is a delight.
"Nightmare Sisters," 1987. The funniest of the three films, pretty much straight horror comedy in the same vein as "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers," etc. Bare-bare-bare-bones budget and directorial influence here--it is one of DeCoteau's earlier movies and he states in the commentary that it was shot in four days. Believe me, it looks it. The condition is more like something shot 20 years earlier. But it is certainly the most entertaining movie in this collection and the three female leads--Quigley, Bauer (credited as Michelle McMillan) and Brinke Stevens are absolutely outstanding.
"Murder Weapon," 1990. Sexy-as-Hell Karen Russell and Quigley play psychopathic murderers who get out of the ward because they are supposedly cured, except maybe they aren't. Or are they? I had a really hard time following this one, too. Lots of jumping around, lots of flashbacks, lots of dream sequences played as reality. Very over-the-top and by far the most gory of the three movies, but definitely self-aware though not campy. It could have used more nudity from Russell to make it more fun.
Overall, if you're a Quigley fan this is a must-own; if you're a fan of B movies of this era it's worth watching.