Review: Frauen Für Zellenblock 9 (1977)

The moaning in this flick was so badly dubbed I constantly had to check my stomach. Woah!
frauencover“FRAUEN FÜR ZELLENBLOCK 9”
1977
WIP/Sexploitation
Switzerland

Director: Jess Franco
Stars: Karine Gambier, Howard Vernon, Susan Hemingway
Distributor: Ascot Elite
Runtime: 78 mins.
BLU-RAY REGION ALL

“We’ll be helping the government, and amuse ourself at the same time.”

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In a banana-republic somewhere distant, a sadistic woman by the name of “Loba” is helping the ever changing governments with a prison full of women that “work for the resistance”. And this gives Loba and her accomplice Dr. Milton great pleasure. They capture three girls as “terrorists” and put them in a hole in their prison (naked of course). Will they manage to escape the torture and degredation and finally break out?

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Jess Franco made shitloads of movies on a shoe-string budget. And when the story is bad, he had to drag the scenes further and further to get over the 60-70 minute limit. That’s clearly what he did here! This is cheap as hell! Still there’s always something about Francos movies that makes them interesting (besides all the nudity).

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Jess Franco regular Howard Vernon has a strong presence (as always) as the torturer. There’s especially a very unpleasant torture scene with dr. Milton’s homemade instruments that get stuck with you. There’s also a long dragged out scene with the three women in a lake that supposedly has crocodiles in it. It’s so long and badly done I got embarrassed all by myself.
The most interesting thing about this movie was how in God’s name Karine Gambier’s character always had the perfect make-up and hairdo through out all the shit she went through.

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spoiler alert: this does not end well!

On the upside, the “Jess Franco Goya Collection” BLU RAY was of very high quality. Looking forward to the other release in my shelves…

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