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House of Whipcord (1974)

R | | Horror | March 1975 (USA)
An old man who lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize that the date is the present as he's been cooped up in the house. He is assisted by... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Markham ...
Mrs. Wakehurst
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Justice Bailey
Ray Brooks ...
Tony
Ann Michelle ...
Julia
Sheila Keith ...
Walker
Dorothy Gordon ...
Bates
Robert Tayman ...
Mark E. Desade
Ivor Salter ...
Jack
Karan David ...
Karen
Celia Quicke ...
Denise
Ron Smerczak ...
Ted
Tony Sympson ...
Henry
Judy Robinson ...
Claire
Jane Hayward ...
Estelle
...
Barbara
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Storyline

An old man who lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize that the date is the present as he's been cooped up in the house. He is assisted by a matron who likes to get the girls into trouble and present them in front of the old man who thinks he is the law and passes out punishment. Afterwards the girls are tied to a cross and whipped. Meanwhile the matron's son falls in love with a girl at a party and brings her to the house. Written by Fredrick Miles

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The story of a strange hobby and its victims, whose only crime was be young and beautiful! See more »

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Stag Model Slaughter  »

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Trivia

Originally Alfred Shaughnessy had written a treatment for 'House of Whipcord' but left as he was in full writing commitments on Upstairs, Downstairs (1971). Then Pete Walker decided to have David McGillivray write the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Karen is hanged, it appears she has been executed by the "long drop" method in which the victim is allowed to fall several feet in order to break her neck. This is apparent in the way Karen's body disappears entirely from the frame when the trap door is sprung. Having matron Walker weigh Karen beforehand is consistent with the procedure for long drop hangings so that the executioner can calculate the slack needed to ensure a quick death without decapitating the victim. However, the rope we see attached to the gallows is far too short for a long drop hanging. It has hardly any slack at all and would have resulted in a "short drop hanging" in which the victim would have fallen less than a foot and remained completely in view at almost the same level as her executioners while she slowly strangled. The absence of slack in the rope had already been confirmed when Mrs. Wakehurst inspected the gallows the day before and tugged on the rope. If there had been more rope above the frame than we could see on screen, Wakehurst would have released it when she pulled. The rope was clearly only as long as it appeared to be with the knot at about the level of Wakehurst's chin. In short, it is physically impossible for the gallows rig shown to produce the effect displayed in the film where the rope grew several feet in between edits. See more »

Quotes

Jack: [looking at back of newspaper] Osgood rocks Spurs, eh?
Customer seated in cafe: Two in the first half, and another five minutes from time.
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to those who are disturbed by today's lax moral codes and who eagerly await the return of corporal and capital punishment. See more »

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Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

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House of Misogyny

An old, blind judge, his crazy wife who once was a wardeness of a prison but dismissed for her complicity in a girl's death, two guards from said prison as retainers of some type, and a son with a "CLOSE" love for his mother who goes out in public as Mark E. Dessard(something like that)round out the antagonists in this interesting, exploitative, misogynistic treatment by British director Peter Walker. The protagonists are, of course, scantily clad girls being flogged, humiliated, and hanged in an old run-down prison in the English countryside. The girls are brought there by the son who finds girls of an indecent nature(flashing in public and the like)where they are then sentenced and mistreated. Boy, would there really be prison over-crowding today! The film has a very dark edge to it without any humanity. The brutality used toward the women is cold and has a decidedly anti-women flair to it. What I did like about it was its obvious atmosphere. Walker has some skill as a director to be sure. His tense scenes in the prison with the veiled lighting and austere setting propel this feature from just another female prison movie to something quite different. Whether that is good or not is for you to decide. I am really not sure how I feel. The acting also helps as everyone involved is at the very least adequate. Ms. Irving, as the French girl, is quite fetching and does a credible job in the lead. The girl playing her roommate is an even brighter highlight(very lovely!). Barbara Markham makes as cold a wardeness as I have ever seen. For me the acting highlight belongs to Shelia Keith as the primary guard. She is able somehow to add a relaxedness to her role while even a touch(admittedly a rather small touch) of sympathy(the scene where she goes to get some lotion for the wounds she inflicted).


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