The Muthers Film Details
Overview: A band of female pirates go undercover at a prison camp on a coffee plantation to rescue their leader’s sister.
Tagline: Out of the steaming slave markets come the ravaging sea-savages…the Muthers!
Review: The Muthers was directed and co-written by the sleaze-master Cirio H. Santiago, written by Cyril St. James, and stars Jeannie Bell, Rosanne Katon, Trina Parks, Ken Metcalfe, Jayne Kennedy, Sam Sharruff, and Tony Carreon. It’s about a band of female pirates that infiltrate a coffee plantation to rescue Kelly’s sister. Plotting is, much like any other Santiago film, virtually non-existent. Like my review for Firecracker, I’ll just be giving the play-by-play since there’s no meaningful explanation to it all. First the pirates are shown robbing a boat, then they’re at a place trying to sell whatever it was that they stole, then they’re at a fiesta, and they meet the captain of the area and his highest profile client who they take a disliking to for no discernable reason. Then there is a cut and the female pirates are holding up the client. They find out that Kelly’s (Bell) sister left their cove and they go to places to find her. Eventually they just so happen to bump into a cop who knows everything they need to know to find her. They let themselves get captured and find out that Kelly’s sister has been killed. This begins the second bit of the film where it turns into a prison escape movie. Within the plantation they meet Marcie (Parks). The Muthers do manage to escape eventually, but get ambushed by Turko from before, and the bigger bad: Monteiro. It’s revealed that Serena was in on it the whole time. (much like my reaction to the reveal in Firecracker: WOAH WHO CARES!) This doesn’t last long as Serena does another 180 and sides with Kelly again. They kill the bad guys and get away. Whoo. Characterization is, again, much like Santiago’s other films: abysmal. Not a single one of the Muthers has a personality to speak of; they all just kind of meld into one entity. The bad guys are generic as usual, although the “uniform” that Monteiro wears is nice to laugh at. All other side characters (Sancho; played by Sharruff, and Rocco; played by Monte) are bland and do nothing interesting. Unlike her fellow blaxsploitation star Pam Grier, Jeannie Bell is incapable of emoting, fighting, or looking invested in her role. All other performances in the film fare similarly. The fighting (which is largely what is focused on in these types of movies) is really, really bad. The stunt doubles for the female leads are blatant and hilarious when visible. And they aren’t infrequent in the slightest. Laughing at a man wearing a wig and something down his shirt is fun to do. The choreography itself is terrible, which negates the whole point of the movie, the stunt doubles remove the audience from whatever immersion was or could have been. Everything has been slowed down in a literal sense; the fighting is glacial and seems amateurish even by Santiago’s standards. Technical aspects are what is expected for a movie of this ilk: a travesty. The sounds of combat are limited to about 8 different clips, and none of them fit what is on-screen. ADR is worse than usual with dialogue sometimes lagging behind by a full second or two. Lighting is terrible, with some scenes that look as thought they were intended to be set during the night appearing plain-as-day. The action is at least in the frame. The Muthers is clearly a Santiago picture. That’s not a good thing. Everything that exists between the subpar to bad action sequences is completely forgettable, which is the worst thing a movie can be. Congratulations to Santiago for making some of the most unenjoyable dumpster fires ever. Add this one to the list. 21/100
Language: English, Spanish
Duration: 83 min
Genre: Action, Drama
Also known as: Naaras tiikerit,The Muthers – Piraten jagen Sklavenhändler,Naarastiikerit,The Muthers,The Muthers – Sklavenjagd 1990