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For the set-up for this movie, please see Criminally
Insane from 1975, large portions of which are again shown in this
film as flashbacks.
... after 13 years in a mental institution, Ethel (Priscilla Alden) is
released to Hope Bartholomew's halfway house, becasue the mental
institution was experiencing some severe budgetary cuts and thus had to
release the patients deemed mostly harmless. At first everything is
ok, and Ethel gets enough to eat (food's the one thing she's always
craving for), but then, for a few days Hope's assistant takes over, and he
feeds the patients dogfood and teases Ethel with a chocolate bar ...
something he wouldn't have done, would he have known her case history, and
soon enough she sets a trap for him and hangs him ...
Thing is, one of her feloow inmates has seen Ethel kill the assistant,
and he blackmails Ethel into giving her her dessert for a month - but
since Ethel can't go without dessert for that long, she has to kill him
Later, Ethel also has to kill Hope Bartholomew, who always
reminded her of her granny, the first woman she killed in Criminally
Insane, and the doctor of the mental institution who just happened
to stop by.
With all her enemies gone, ethel doesn't only have enough to
eat, she also decides to take over the institution in Hope's stead ...
Criminally Insane was
one of these B-movie wonders where, despite apparent budgetary
constraints, everything fell into right place and out came a masterpiece.
This film here though is little more than a piece of shit. There is very
little plot here, peppered up by long snippets from the first movie, and
unimportant scenes are often endlessly padded out to amount to at least an
hour of running time (thought the movie seems to run much longer).
The result is nothing short of boring, and it's not at all helped by very
bad sound, the total lack of a musical score, and a directorial effort by
Nick Philips that can be best described as lazy and that totally lacks his
personal style Philips usually even infuses his lowest products with. A
waste of time, even though Priscilla Alden is again great in her role as