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Nightmare Sisters [Blu-ray]


(David DeCoteau, 1988)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Cinema Home Video Productions

Video: Vinegar Syndrome



Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:21:56.703 

Disc Size: 24,584,834,168 bytes

Feature Size: 19,916,718,720 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.95 Mbps

Chapters: 5

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: October 25th, 2016



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1710 kbps 1.0 / 96 kHz / 1710 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

Dolby Digital Audio English 128 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 128 kbps / DN -4dBs



English (SDH), None



• Commentary track with director David DeCoteau & actress Linnea Quigley
Director introduction (2:07)
Alternate feature length TV version (1:21:34 - 3.3 Gig - 1.33:1 - 480i)
Interview with writer / associate producer Kenneth J. Hall (11:58)
Bloopers / outtakes (8:15)
Reversible cover artwork






Description: Three plain looking sorority sisters (Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer) decide to host a sťance and invite their nerdy boyfriends to enjoy the fun. But when Omar (Dukey Flyswatter), a mystical shaman, suddenly appears in their crystal ball and tricks the girls into touching him, they're suddenly transformed into ravishing succubi, determined to suck more than just souls. Will the guys be able to stop the madness before it's too late?

Director David DeCoteau's sexy horror comedy, NIGHTMARE SISTERS, is a non-stop thrill ride of outrageous 80s trash, starring three of the biggest names in scream queen history. Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring NIGHTMARE SISTERS to Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, newly restored from its original 35mm camera negative!



The Film:

Three homely sorority girls (Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer, and Brinke Stevens) invite some dorky fraternity boys over to play Twister and hold a sťance. When the severed head of a fortune teller (Haunted Garage frontman Dukey Flyswatter) appears in their crystal ball, he urges them to “break the circle” and touch the ball. Predictably it turns them into H-O-T and H-O-R-N-Y succubuses (or is that succubi?) that want to bite off the boys gonads and swallow their…souls.

Nightmare Sisters is one of the films that shaped my sexuality. When I was about 11 or so, I caught this flick late at night on Skinamax. I took one look at Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer, and Brinke Stevens taking a bubble bath together and something inside me said, “Yes sir, welcome to the world of heterosexuality.

Excerpt from TheVideoVacuum located HERE

The original 1980's "Scream Queens" rejoin for the zany Horror Comedy, NIGHTMARE SISTERS! When three nerdy sorority sisters become possessed by a magic crystal, their dates are left to fend for themselves against the sex-starved seductresses! Here, Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer are given the chance to prove themselves more than ever. Not only are they asked to play out of type as the nerdy college girls, but they are set before the camera for exceedingly long bits of dialog, which they pull off splendidly. They are more enjoyable than ever in these goofy roles, hamming it up in the extreme.

Excerpt from ILikeHorrorFilms located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Nightmare Sisters comes to Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome with surprisingly strong image quality. This is only single-layered but the visuals are bright and tight and bold colors and above-average contrast. I can only assume the print source was in great shape and there are plenty of instances of depth. It's damage free and has consistency and grain textures. This Blu-ray image is very good producing a strong 1080P image and a pleasing video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio.





















Audio :

The film's audio is transferred in a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1710 kbps (24-bit). It's at about the same production level as the video - all clear but rarely crisp - and some scattered dialogue. Effects are cheesy but carry some superfluous weight. The score is by a combination of Del Casher, Haunted Garage and Michael Sonye. It's as goofy as the film an suits the onscreen antics. There are optional English subtitles. My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.


Extras :

Extras include a commentary track with director David DeCoteau & actress Linnea Quigley ('Melody' - the blonde in the film). I haven't indulged yet. There is a brief director's introduction and Vinegar Syndrome include the alternate feature length TV version in poorer quality (1:21:34 - 3.3 Gig - 1.33:1 - 480i). There is a 12-minute interview with writer / associate producer Kenneth J. Hall and about 8-minutes of bloopers / outtakes - in horrible quality. The package as a reversible cover artwork and a second disc DVD is included.



Nightmare Sisters basically only holds value as a nostalgic artefact of 80's exploitation cinema. And from that standpoint it is kinda cute. The title doesn't reflect what many might hope for in the body of the film. The production qualities aren't Grindhouse-level poor, or as inventive, and there is a bona-fide storyline. I think those into this sub-genre will certainly enjoy the silliness, sexiness cheesecake (nudity of the 'fake-breast' variety) and hammy acting. The Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray (cool cover) adds value with the strong video, and extras including the commentary. If you're in the mood for this (it's pretty bad), and keep your expectations ultra-modest, you can have a hoot. 

Gary Tooze

October 27th, 2016


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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