Wednesday, January 23, 2013
WOMEN IN CELLBLOCK 9 (1978)
While this doesn't top 1975's BARBED WIRE DOLLS as my favorite Jess Franco-directed women in prison flick, it is a pretty similar adventure in the land of ultra-sleazy sex and violence behind bars in South America. Loaded wall to wall with full nudity, our main female prisoners here don't even get prison outfits of any sort. There's a wicked lady warden in the mold of ILSA and Howard Vernon as a crazy, torture-happy doctor. You get a hamster shoved into a vagina, a rhino horn in an ass and other abuses to sensitive female private parts. Rape, of the living and dead, happens and there's a completely nihilistic ending which is usually my favorite type of ending.
Allegedly one of the actresses here, Susan Hemingway, was under 18 when this was filmed which caused this movie to be banned in England. From what info I can find she was actually most likely 18 at the time of shooting but I guess the censors in England didn't bother finding that out and just went by her young looks. Because of this some versions have scenes featuring Hemingway deleted. AKA TROPICAL INFERNO and ESCAPE FROM THE ISLAND OF DEATH