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Hell Penitentiary
Inferno dietro le sbarre / Captive Women Hell: Hell Penitentiary

Italy 1985
produced by
directed by Sergio Garrone (as Willy S.Regan)
starring Ajita Wilson, Rita Silva, Linda Jones, Alex Freyberger, Cesare Di Vito, Leo Annibali, Helen Johansson, Adriana Giuffrè, Leda Simonetti, Aperio Bella Olivia, Giorgio Cerioni, Lucia Rotolini, Carolina Caiati, Laura Di San Luca, Enrica Saltutti
written by Sergio Garrone, music by Clark Thomas

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Sarah has gone to prison, for a crime she didn't commit, & the prison is of course the typical despicable place run by a perverted governor & sadistic warden Landers. To prove her innocence, Sarah just would have to speak with Julia, the sister of  a friend of hers who had been killed by the same men who framed her.

To this end Sarah even bribes a guard ... but the guard is found out by warden Landers, pushed down a staircase to her death, & the crime is pinned on Sarah, who is tortured until she makes a confession, then she is drugged into a coma ...

Meanwhile on the outside, Julia figures the only person who could help her find the killers of her sister is Sarah, but when she, together with inspector Ford, visits her in prison, she only finds her to be a comatose vegetable.

So, in a typical piece of B-movie-logic, Julia asks inspector Ford to throw her into the slammer, to ... I don't know, awaken Sarah from her coma - which is not quite as easy as it seems, because warden Landers keeps Sarah hidden away, & constantly drugged.

Once in, Julia soon embarks on a lesbian relationship with co-convict Ulrika (Ajita Wilson), & becomes the nurse of the prison's infirmary, where she & the local Doctor fall in love with each other, & which she thiknks is a good starting point to look for Sarah. Eventually too, Julia finds Sarah, totally out of it, only to be caught by the warden, who soon enough treats her to some severe torture.

Meanwhile Ulrika & a few other girls plan a prison revolt, which is betrayed by warden Landers favourite lesbian convict/lover May though before it starts, but when Irina steüps the prison's gouvernor who has repeatedly raped her, the girls go ahead nevertheless - & are successful to in not only bringing the prison under their control but also freeing Julia, who has meanwhile spoken to Sarah (who seems to have gotten better after all) & can now prove that none other than warden Landers herself is behind the murder of her sister & the framing of Julia - which pretty much turns everyone, including the prison doctor, against the warden, & in the end, Ulrika & Landers kill each other in a final confrontation ...


As you might have noticed from my synopsis, nothing special really, just your run-of-the-mill cheap women in prison flick, where the poor storyline serves as little more than a hanger for some violence & nudity ... which is not made any better by the fact that most of the cast is a rather unattractive bunch (& believe me, I'm not especially picky). It's just bad, but not bad enough to be good again.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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