The Twisted Sister movie “We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!” is a documentary film made by Andrew Horn and will be released in Europe on January 29, 2016 via Monoduo Films. With a total length of 137-minutes, the film (along with over two hours of bonus material) will be available on VOD (iTunes and Vimeo On Demand) and as a DVD (Amazon Europe and Monoduo Films shop).
“We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!” tells the raw and true story of Twisted Sister’s beginnings. They were the Grand Funk of glam and the New York Dolls of metal. Some considered Twisted Sister a joke; others called them the greatest bar band in the world. While the microcosm of punk/new wave was taking over New York City in the mid-’70s and early ’80s, Twisted Sister was battling its way to the top of a vast — and unique to its time — suburban, cover-band bar scene that surrounded New York City in a 100-mile radius, yet existed in a parallel universe. Guitarist Jay Jay French says: “The history of Twisted is really our 10 years clawing our way through the bar scene. It’s who we are, and it’s why we are, and why we do what we do.”
The film follows the band from their beginnings as a cross-dressing glam band playing four shows a night, six nights a week in New Jersey bowling alleys and Long Island beach bars, to the suburban mega-clubs of the late ’70s and early ’80s, to their bust-out appearance on the U.K. rock TV show “The Tube”. Through it all, Twisted stood ready to do or die for the sake of “the show,” giving their all to the crowd, and demanding full attention in return. They refused to play the usual bar band role of “human juke box for drunk and horny teens” — you were going to be entertained, whether you liked it or not.
They regaled their audiences with comedy rants, dragging them on stage for vomit-inducing drinking games, engaging them in fits of disco record smashing and, at their most extreme, whipping them into club-destroying frenzy. The performances were low on style and heavy on the humor and attitude — but behind it all, always smart and full of self-awareness. Spinal Tap may have been clueless but Twisted Sister knew exactly what they were doing!
If you think you know them from their hit songs, the MTV videos and their massive stadium shows, this is the story of how they became that band — full of strange, and often hilarious, twists and turns. It’s about rock ‘n’ roll and the business of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s about perseverance and things blowing up in your face. It’s about finding yourself, finding your audience and doing literally anything, however wild, to connect with them. And even though we know how it ends, the roller coaster ride of getting there is what it’s all about. A mesmerizing, and wickedly funny story of a 10-year odyssey to overnight success.
Guitarist Jay Jay Frenchsays ” the history of Twisted Sister is really those 10 years in the clubs. The years we spent clawing our way through the bar scene. It was learning how to make order out of chaos and how to win in bad situations . And it was unique to Twisted. I talk to hundreds of bands and nobody’s ever gone through what we went through. It’s who we are, and why we do what we do”.