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Cult director Pete Walker's disturbingly effective horror film belongs to the "private prison" subgenre, in which insane sadists abduct typically female innocents and torture them for sport. In this case, however, the mad Mrs. Wakehurst Barbara Markham and her senile husband, Justice Bailey Patrick Barr, are running an entire covert penal institution for sinful women, complete with a pair of similarly dotty guards Sheila Keith and Dorothy Gordon. Using her clueless son Robert Tayman, who poses as a man named ...
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Cult director Pete Walker's disturbingly effective horror film belongs to the "private prison" subgenre, in which insane sadists abduct typically female innocents and torture them for sport. In this case, however, the mad Mrs. Wakehurst Barbara Markham and her senile husband, Justice Bailey Patrick Barr, are running an entire covert penal institution for sinful women, complete with a pair of similarly dotty guards Sheila Keith and Dorothy Gordon. Using her clueless son Robert Tayman, who poses as a man named "Mark E. Desade", as bait, Mrs. Wakehurst lures women whom she considers evil into her huge institutional home. Once captured, they are put in cells, beaten, and murdered for even the slightest infraction. The story is told -- mostly in flashback -- by a French model named Ann-Marie Penny Irving who fell for the trap. Despite its nasty reputation, there is only one onscreen whipping on a church altar and not very much violence. Instead, Walker and screenwriter David McGillivray convey a rather subtle air of menace that makes House of Whipcord an unexpectedly strong chiller. Markham is quite good as the deranged Mrs. Wakehurst, and Walker appears in a cameo as a cyclist. Many viewers will be offended by the film's repressive right-wing tone, but its genuine scares and creepy atmosphere will outweigh its philosophical offenses for most horror fans.
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All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Cult director Pete Walker's disturbingly effective horror film belongs to the "private prison" subgenre, in which insane sadists abduct typically female innocents and torture them for sport. In this case, however, the mad Mrs. Wakehurst Barbara Markham and her senile husband, Justice Bailey Patrick Barr, are running an entire covert penal institution for sinful women, complete with a pair of similarly dotty guards Sheila Keith and Dorothy Gordon. Using her clueless son Robert Tayman, who poses as a man named "Mark E. Desade", as bait, Mrs. Wakehurst lures women whom she considers evil into her huge institutional home. Once captured, they are put in cells, beaten, and murdered for even the slightest infraction. The story is told -- mostly in flashback -- by a French model named Ann-Marie Penny Irving who fell for the trap. Despite its nasty reputation, there is only one onscreen whipping on a church altar and not very much violence. Instead, Walker and screenwriter David McGillivray convey a rather subtle air of menace that makes House of Whipcord an unexpectedly strong chiller. Markham is quite good as the deranged Mrs. Wakehurst, and Walker appears in a cameo as a cyclist. Many viewers will be offended by the film's repressive right-wing tone, but its genuine scares and creepy atmosphere will outweigh its philosophical offenses for most horror fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • UPC: 014381589221
  • Original Release: 1975
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Penny Irving Ann-Marie Di Verney
Barbara Markham Mrs. Wakehurst
Ann Michelle Julia
Ray Brooks Tony
Patrick Barr Justice Bailey
Sheila Keith Walker
Dorothy Gordon Bates
Celia Imrie Barbara
David McGillivray Caven
Ivor Salter Jack
Ron Smerczak Ted
Tony Sympson Henry
Peter Walker Cyclist
Robert Tayman Mark E. Desade
Technical Credits
Pete Walker Director, Producer
John Black Editor
Peter Jessop Cinematographer
David McGillivray Screenwriter
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Michael Pickwoad Art Director
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Scene Index

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0. Chapters
1. Lady in Distress; Main Title [6:17]
2. Party Crasher [4:21]
3. A Date with Desade [5:53]
4. Hellbound [4:01]
5. The Reception [6:15]
6. The Sentence [7:57]
7. Desmond and Margaret [6:16]
8. Third-Time Offender [11:22]
9. Julia's Concern [4:23]
10. The Set-Up [5:30]
11. A False Hope [4:49]
12. No Escape [13:26]
13. A Familiar Face [3:08]
14. Julia in Jeopardy [7:06]
15. Convicted [5:55]
16. Enter the Law [5:39]
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