Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Sisterhood (1988)

How bad is it? It's not even good by Philippine post-apocalypse standards.
Should you see it? Sadly, no.

Cirio Santiago directed this and his name's starting to show up almost as often as Jesus Franco when it comes to bad movies from the Philippines. It's about how, after the nuclear holocaust, in 2021, men have enslaved women and it's up to a band of roving women warriors (the titular Sisterhood) to fight for their freedom. That sounds like the making of enjoyable trash, but it's not. The women have mutated into a Magnificent Seven of superpowers, like laser-beam eyes, healing touches and the ability to speak to animals (a hawk is a major player in the film); the men were unaffected, except for a few mutants. Lynn-Holly Johnson, who was in "For Your Eyes Only" is supremely bad at action, being quite funny each time she kicks butt - but it's not enough fun to cover the endless stretches of wandering through the wasteland. There's a lot of action scenes, done in by plastic weapons in a world where bullets are rare (but tank-busting weapons aren't) and the scaling of walls with built-in footholds. It's cheap, it's stupid, but it's just not fun enough; most people who saw this were lured by the pretty decent cover art on the video.

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