Sunday, January 10, 2016

Womens Prison Massacre (Scream Factory Blu-ray)

Oooo how we love an Italian women in prison flick. And who’s at the helm? Bruno friggin Mattei! That means you have one of the cheesiest subgenres in all of exploitation films directed by the man who is the cheese king of Italy and co written by the mad genius that gave us Troll 2, Claudio Gragasso. For those of you in the know...for those of you who have seen all the Italian breasts, been an audience to strange torture and misogynistic torments of characters written to be hated and despised… this is a treat. This is an HD beaut. This is a great way to continue the Italian cycle that Scream Factory has tapped into a necessary preservation and restoration effort that has been difficult to get moving in smaller boutique labels due to high price of rights to Italian films.

I suppose these movies watch like revenge pictures really. Revenge pictures with more skin than normal and plenty of gratuitous torture. Expect more than your fair share of nudity and needless violence mostly directed at women (see the title if you have a preconceived notion of something different).. Women’s Prison Massacre is not a PC movie. It is a movie filled to the brim with incorrectness. Still, it can make you feel satisfaction if you stick it out to the end and find your hero. Along the way you’ll have the chance to indulge that sick side of your libido.

Laura Gemser is always a pleasure to look at on screen. It’s nice to know that this release will bring her to the a new age of Horror/Exploitation fans especially through a popular label that will have wide reach.

Purist and die hard Italian film snobs are to find something to complain about with the transfer, but I think it looks damn good, the best it has looked and it preserves nicely a niche title. I’m afraid we couldn’t expect extras here given the scope of the release. This is a time when we should be glad to get a nice looking transfer of an obscure Italian title.

You can order your copy now.

From Scream Factory

From the "Big House" to the grindhouse to your house!

Master of exploitation Bruno Mattei (Cruel Jaws, Rats: Night of Terror) hauls his unique cinematic stylings to the slammer in Women's Prison Massacre! Sultry reporter Emanuelle (Laura Gemser) is on the verge of breaking a big story about a corrupt politician when she gets framed and sent to a women's prison. There, incarcerated women face unspeakable cruelty and inhumane conditions — and that's before a quartet of dangerous men are temporarily transferred to the facility! When the felonious four overpower the guards and take over, it's up to Emanuelle and her fellow inmates to take control of the prison — and their very lives.

Featuring Mattei's signature flourishes and a script co-written by Claudio Fragasso (the visionary behind Troll 2 and Beyond Darkness), Women's Prison Massacre is a brutal and uncompromising entry in one of cinema's most infamous genres.

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