Plot: 88 Films has collected three of David DeCoteau’s fun, wild 80s movies in one package and enabled film fans to appreciate the antics of some of the decade’s most popular scream queens. This release has Nightmare Sisters, Deadly Embrace, and Murder Weapon spread over two Blu-ray discs, each with a 2k scan and restoration to ensure these cult classics look fantastic. So buckle up and prepare for a DeCoteau overdrive of cinematic bliss!
1. Nightmare Sisters: Melody (Linnea Quigley) and her sorority sisters Marci (Brinke Stevens) and Mickey (Michelle Bauer) have the house all to themselves, but no boyfriends to invite over and party with. But Melody calls up a nerdy guy she recently went out with and soon after, all three girls have dates and they couldn’t be more excited. But their dates run into some trouble, as they are just pledges and their frat brothers refuse to let them leave the house, even for dates. Of course, the guys just sneak out and the party kicks off, with stories about dolphins (or was it porpoises?) and games of Twister, but those are just the appetizers. When Marci busts out her antique crystal ball, the fun really starts and a spirit reaches out to the girls. A supernatural event explodes out of the spirit and now, the three nerdy girls are topless and well, hot as hell. But are these naked chicks just a gift from the spirit or is there a darker force in play here?
An 80s movie directed by David DeCoteau that stars the Holy Trinity of Scream Queens, Nightmare Sisters is silly, over the top, and a lot of fun. The story follows three girls who are transformed into sex crazed succubi, trying to sing songs, get primitive, and of course, bite off dicks. The tone is campy, but there’s still light horror elements sprinkled in. So don’t overlook this just because of the comedy, as it has a strong 80s horror vibe that is great fun. The cast is headlined by scream queen royalty, with Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer, and Brinke Stevens all on deck. All three show off their talents, both their physical gifts and some great comedic presence. Each is given ample screen time to shine, so this is a great showcase piece for these three genre film legends. We also have some horny nerds and cock blocking frat brothers, all played to a stereotypical level. There’s a reason Nightmare Sisters has remained a home video mainstay, it is a fun movie with some beloved talent involved. Anyone into 80s horror, scream queens, or great bathtub scenes should buy this one immediately.
This one delivers some epic tier nudity, including a bathtub scene that stands as a touchstone moment for aquatic erotica. Imagine Linnea Quigley, Michelle Baeur, and Brinke Stevens, all in a small tub, all naked, and all soaped up. The scene is immense fun and has all the soaped up flesh you could want. All three women are topless in numerous scenes, with a few instances of bare asses and some quick full frontal. Not to mention Baeur deep throating a banana. No blood. The gore isn’t missed since the tone is so light and we still get cool fake teeth and one dried up old demon. The dialogue is silly and fun, almost like a horror tinged sitcom. I’m sure some will find it hokey and it is, but I think it works and is a lot of fun. Not a ton of memorable lines, but a good amount and plenty of innuendo sneaks in. As far as insanity, Nightmare Sisters has the awesome bath tub scene, the wild Omar, and hot chicks biting off dicks, so it isn’t a sane experience. But it doesn’t ever really feel that crazy, just lightly wacky.
2. Deadly Embrace: Charlotte (Mindi Miller) is a married woman, but her husband Stewart (Jan-Michael Vincent) is consumed by his work and rarely around. As she’s lonely and in need of some relief, she peeps on her handyman Chris (Ken Abraham) while is in on the job. After all, if she can’t get some attention from her husband, perhaps Chris might be willing to put in some overtime. Meanwhile, Stewart plots how to leave his wife for another woman but not give up half his cash. As time passes, Charlotte moves from spying on Chris to making a move, which begins a passionate love affair. But while Chris is balls deep in Charlotte, he also has a girlfriend, actress Michelle (Linnea Quigley). He wants to be faithful, but an alluring topless woman (Michelle Bauer) appears in his dreams to push him into a fiery tryst with his boss. With all this passion, cheating, and plotting, how will this all turn out and how big of a mess will be involved?
An erotic thriller with scream queens, Jan-Michael Vincent, and a bananas narrative, directed by David DeCoteau? Yes, please. Deadly Embrace is like a Cinemax late night movie on steroids, driven by copious nudity, hot bodies in heat, and drama filled twists and turns. The story revolves around a group of people who cheat, lie, and deceive, but have a lot of passionate sex. Imagine a soap opera style plot, with tons of sex and betrayal, but ramped up to motion picture levels. That is Deadly Embrace in a nutshell and it is a lot of fun. The cast was well chosen and brings a lot to the material, with Mindi Miller as the standout. She puts on a blend of unbridled lust and barely contained psychosis, always on the brink of implosion. Her interactions once Chris’ girlfriend arrives are just classic, great stuff. Then we have Linnea Quigley and Michelle Bauer who are fun as always, Ken Abraham as the awkward hunk, and Jan-Michael Vincent, who chews the scenes like he was starving. This is a great collection of actors who played their roles just right, adding to the sultry, soap opera style drama. If you’re a fan of erotic thrillers, melodramatic love clashes, or just can’t get enough scream queens, Deadly Embrace is well recommended.
This is an erotic thriller, so of course it has ample naked flesh on showcase. A parade of breasts and bare asses, with numerous topless scenes, shower scenes, and sex scenes to devour with your eyeballs. The sex scenes aren’t graphic, but do feature more skin and angles than most, I think. While the movie has a bounty of breasts and asses, there’s only one quick full frontal scene. As he is known to do, director David DeCoteau has squeezed in a lingering shower scene with male flesh, including a slow motion pan down to really show off the man ass. No blood. The dialogue here is a lot of fun, with melodrama, overly serious revelations, and a general soap opera level of thespianism. I love dysfunction and drama, so I had a blast with this one. Vincent has some great “typical rich guy” lines, but there’s some good stuff spread out for everyone. On the craziness scale, the general atmosphere and amplified melodrama make this one always feel imbalanced. So it is grounded in some sense, as it follows the usual soap opera/erotic thriller tropes, but do so with great enthusiasm, which makes it a lot more fun.
3. Murder Weapon: Dawn (Linnea Quigley) and Amy (Karen Russell) are good friends with a lot in common, as both have similar family backgrounds and both were recently released from an insane asylum. They’ve each had some severe issues with the past, but with lots of therapy and self exploration, it is believed by Dr. Randolph (Lyle Waggoner) that the two women are adjusted enough to return to society. Or they’re still believed to be quite dangerous, but set free regardless, who knows? The two enjoy the things they’ve missed like laying out for a tan, taking a swim in the pool, and of course, having sex with just about any guy who crosses their path. The men are attracted to them and can’t resist, but soon some of them start being killed off in brutal ways. Have the girls gone fully insane or is someone else behind the murders?
An erotic thriller with some fun slasher elements, Murder Weapon is an odd, fun ride. Two beautiful girls with some twisted tendencies forge a friendship in an asylum, then become besties on the outside when for some strange reason, they’re released. This was directed by David DeCoteau and has more splashy bloodshed than his usual movies. Not that I am complaining, as there are some very cool, fun to watch kills in this one. The tone is a little inconsistent, with shades of erotic thriller, slasher movie, and sex comedy, but I like how off kilter it feels and it kind of meshes with all the insane asylum visits. Linnea Quigley and Karen Russell are fun leads, surrounded by a wide scope of guys, including a heavy metal guy and his hilarious swagger. I think between the slasher kills and scream queen presence, Murder Weapon has a lot to offer horror fans, even if it doesn’t always feel like a horror movie. I had a lot of fun revisiting Murder Weapon and if you’re into horror, scream queens, or the cinema of DeCoteau, you’ll want this in your collection.
A number of nude scenes here, as Quigley and Russell provide eye candy in several instances. Most of the scenes are topless, with some bare ass shots as well as one brief full frontal shot during a shower scene. The highlight for me is a scene where Quigley is naked carrying a knife, with the camera behind her. A hot scene with a great slasher vibe, good stuff. This one has some fun bloodshed, including an awesome scene where a sledgehammer annihilates a guy’s head. But that’s just one of several creative, fun to watch gore set pieces. I was surprised with the level of blood, given the erotic thriller feel, but hey, I certainly won’t complain. The dialogue here provides some laughs, with a lot of “bro” lines between the boys and ample 80s lingo to spice things up. Not to mention a moment where Russell is certain she has fucked a man to death, so there’s some fun stuff in this one. The shifts in tone, rampant gore, and odd moments drive this one to decent levels of craziness. The leg shaving scene is so awkward, a crew member is seen at one point, and there’s a general sense that just about anything might happen, so this is a fun ride.
The Disc: All three movies boast 2k scans and restorations, sourced from the original camera negatives, so the results are impressive. The movies look so much better than the VHS/DVD incarnations of the past, with visuals that look so good, it is almost like seeing the films again for the first time. The prints are beyond clean, with minimal signs of age or damage, which allows the visuals to shine with terrific detail and depth, much better than you might expect these pictures to look. I found the colors to be bright, while contrast is sharp and the darker scenes look quite good, with little detail loss even in the darkest shadows. In other words, 88 Films has delivered the goods and fans will be thrilled with these presentations.