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on 15 September 2015
This 1981 women in prison film [aka Hellhole Women, Prisoners of the Flesh or Sadomania: The Hell of Passion] starts with newlyed couple Michael [Angel Caballero] and wife Olga [Uta Koepke] taking a back road and trespassing onto the lands of a private ‘hard labour’ prison run by the stunning and evil Warden Magda [Ajita Wilson]. Imprisoning Olga, Magda lets hubby go free and sets Olga to work with the other women. The film has a number of sub plots but the question is, will hubby return to save his wife and what will become of her in the meantime?
The sub plots are ‘decent’ enough; Governor Mendoza [Robert Foster] and his bi sexual wife Luwa [Gina Jansen] want a baby, but he only gets aroused having sex with the inmates. Magda has a nice little sideline selling girls into white slavery or using them as quarry in her human ‘hunting’ trips –if the whim suits her. Yet, this isn’t sure what direction to go in. Despite it’s subject matter, it’s not serious enough to be taken seriously, doesn’t have the humour to be a comedy, and isn’t even erotic as the ’sex’ scenes are so mechanically acted. The film is an unashamed sleazy sexploitation soft core porn flick despite all the ‘artistic’ drivel and seems more like a late 60’s early 70’s throwback. The women may be beautiful, but acting isn’t generally on their resume –but in the end, who really cares? It’s a beer and popcorn late night fantasy view in the best sleaze tradition.
Ultimately the original script was meant to be part of the ‘Ilsa’ sexploitation series so if you can cope with beautiful women running around topless in skimpy tight shorts or completely naked uttering ridiculous sentences in a badly acted manner, this will be just your sort of film. If you’re looking for a deep and meaningful plot filled with erotic scenes, or ‘torture porn’ stay clear. Ajita’s filmography in the extras will prove to be a definite eye opener for those who do not know of her [watch it after viewing the film for an added twist -especially if watching with mates!].