Womens Prison Massacre (1983)
Directed by Bruno Mattei
– There will be communal showers.
– The female prisoners will be desperate for sex
– Most (if not all) of the prison staff will be sadistic psychopaths, who will take any opportunity to humiliate, degrade and punish “misbehaving” prisoners.
– There will be an evil tough girl running the show and a “good” tough girl trying to take over the running of the show.
Womens Prison Massacere have all of these, but also adds some more original elements, making it one of the more interesting WIP movies I’ve seen.
So, what is it all about? Laura Gemser plays Emmanuelle, an undercover journalist who has been wrongly imprisoned after having drugs planted on her by some powerful politician type (it’s a bit unclear what has actually happened and only briefly discussed). The film kicks off with a theatre performance, which is rudely interrupted by evil Albina throwing tomatoes at Emmanuelle, who is one of the actresses. Straight away we know our bad girl, good girl set-up.
Laura: Don’t bother her.
Albina: That’ll be the day. Take my advice and die!
Laura: I’d like to bite your nipples off and I’ll do it!
Erm. Yes. Then old crazy eyes Albina throws a bit of a hissy fit and challenges Emmanuelle to some arm wrestling.
A bit later we learn that Laura and Irene have a bit of a thing for each other. They’re getting a little frisky in the showers, which Albina doesn’t approve of. She tells the guards, who respond by almost drowning the two prisoners. Emmanuelle thinks this treatment is a bit over the top, so decides to tell the warden. Stupid idea. She obviously hasn’t seen any WIP movies. The warden is of course mega evil and Emmanuelle soon finds herself in the wash room with two evil prison guards, who force her to keep her head under water.
We then find out that Irene (or is it Laura? I get confused) has a blow-up doll called Harry, which she is very fond of.
The guards are obviously determined to let Albina kick Emmanuelle’s ass, so during the day’s exercise in the courtyard the two are again left to fight it out.
Despite being armed with a knife, Albina is yet again defeated by Emmanuelle who stabs her in the leg.
I was starting to get a bit bored here. The bad girl, good girl thing was getting a bit repetitive. But, lucky for me, a genius new plot element is introduced! You see, while this was going on, a group of four dangerous rapists/murderers are being transported to the prison to await their sentence. I’m not quite sure why they’re sent to a women’s prison, but there you go.
So, he manages to get them to the prison. There, the warden decides to put them in the wing where the most dangerous prisoners are kept. But, it’s not as easy as that. They men overpower the female guards. Crazy Boy Henderson has been hiding a razorblade in his mouth! Oh no!
This is where the film gets a bit weird….or even weirder if you like. The four escaped maniacs find themselves in a prison populated by sex-starved female prisoners. They can’t even walk past the cells without having their clothes torn off.
While all these sexy shenaningans are taking place, the police are trying to storm the prison. They send in a rubbish team with a giant video camera, who all manage to get killed pretty much straight away.
Razor blades are inserted where they shouldn’t be..
I’ll leave it there, For a WIP movie, this is very well paced and when it gets going it never gets boring. The dubbing isn’t too bad either. There are some subplots that are never properly explained, but it’s only to be expected and we kinda get the idea anyway.
The film has been retitled many times. The current UK DVD version from Vipco is called Emmanuelle in Prison and can be bought from Amazon.