Thursday, March 16, 2006


A particularly nasty entry in the WIP genre, Bruno Mattei's WOMENS PRISON MASSACRE (1983) features lovely Laura Gemser (EMANUELLE IN AMERICA) as an investigative reporter wrongly convicted and locked up through the machinations of a corrupt politician. Oddly, although Gemser's character is called "Emanuelle" in the English dub, she never disrobes nor participates in any of the film's sex scenes.

This Italian entry in the genre features all the usual trappings of lesbian titillation and voyeuristic humiliation, but puts a slight twist on the formula when four vicious male criminals are diverted to the women's prison, escape from their guards and hold the warden and various female inmates hostage.

Needless to say, that's when things get really interesting.

ei Cinema/Retro Shock-O-Rama's unrated DVD of WOMENS PRISON MASSACRE looks surprisingly good. ei's done a new telecine transfer from a decent 35mm print, presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and anamorphically enhanced. There's a fair amount of print damage and wear, but the colors and contrast are solid. The mono sound is clear with only minimal background noise. The disc also includes a handful of Retro Shock-O-Rama trailers, and more informative liner notes by 42nd Street Pete.

WOMENS PRISON MASSACRE is mean-spirited stuff, but well-worth checking out for die hard WIP and exploitation fans.

BUY: Women's Prison Massacre