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Women's Prison Massacre
     

Women's Prison Massacre

Director: Gilbert Roussel, Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Lorraine de Selle

Cast: Gilbert Roussel, Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Lorraine de Selle

 

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When four male criminals are captured by the police, they are temporarily held at a women's penitentiary. However, when the men outwit their captors and take a number of women prisoners hostage, rape, brutality, and violence abounds.

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When four male criminals are captured by the police, they are temporarily held at a women's penitentiary. However, when the men outwit their captors and take a number of women prisoners hostage, rape, brutality, and violence abounds.

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European exploitation superstar Laura Gemser plays investigative reporter Emmanuelle (more or less the same character she inherited from Sylvia Kristel in 1975), who is sent to a brutal women's prison by a corrupt district attorney when her drug-trafficking investigation threatens to incriminate him. There she is subjected to all the standard prison movie clichés: abuse by thuggish guards and death threats from psychotic fellow inmates. Matters become considerably worse with the arrival of four sadistic male prisoners, led by "Crazy Boy" Henderson (the late Gabriele Tinti, Gemser's real-life spouse), who are being held at the women's facility while awaiting sentence. The quartet break free and begin a campaign of rape and torture as they wait for the authorities to meet their demands for escape. Directed by notorious Italian exploitation hack Bruno Mattei under one of his numerous noms du cinema, Gilbert Rousel, Women's Prison Massacre is an exceptionally vile entry in the women-in-prison cycle. The film wallows in ugliness; the characters are alternately hateful or stupid (or both), the sex is degrading and unerotic, and the violence is painful and copious. Henry Froger's photography is muddy and dull, and the music by Luigi Ceccarelli is monotonous and irritating, even by low-budget European exploitation standards. Even the attractive Gemser looks sallow and unhealthy. For even the most jaded fans of the genre, Women's Prison Massacre is as entertaining and arousing as autopsy footage. As unpleasant as it is, though, the film doesn't begin to approach the depths reached by Mattei's previous effort Caged Women (1982), which features the same cast, crew, and basic plot. The sole bit of unintentional humor comes from the proliferation of expensive hosiery worn by the female cast, which was courtesy of the film's main producer, a French undergarments company. EI Independent Cinema's full-frame VHS presentation includes trailers for two other Euro-exploitation titles in their library, Jess Franco's Tender Flesh and Joe Sarno's Butterflies.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/08/2015
UPC:
0826663163490
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
14,531

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura Gemser Emanuelle
Gabriele Tinti Crazy Boy Henderson
Lorraine de Selle Warden
Ursula Flores Actor
Maria Romano Actor
Antonella Giacomini Actor
Raul Cabrera Actor
Roberto Mura Actor
Michael Laurant Actor
Francois Perrot Actor
Franca Stoppi Actor
Flo Astaire Actor
Carlo de Mejo Actor
Pierangelo Pozzato Actor
Jacques Stany Actor

Technical Credits
Gilbert Roussel Director
Luigi Ceccarelli Score Composer
Claudio Fragasso Screenwriter
Henry Froger Cinematographer
Gilbert Kikoine Editor
Jean Lefait Producer
Olivier Lefait Screenwriter

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