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House of Whipcord (1974)

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

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Barbara Markham ...
Mrs. Wakehurst
Patrick Barr ...
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
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Barbara
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An old man that lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize that the date is the present as he is cooped up in the house. He is assisted my 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 he passes out punishment. Afterwards the girls get tied to a cross and whipped. Meanwhile The matrons son falls in love with a girl at a party and bring her to the this house. Written by Fredrick Miles

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Their beautiful bodies defiled by the ultimate immoral atrocity! See more »

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Stag Model Slaughter  »

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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 »

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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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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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Genuinely shocking exploitation classic
5 December 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A young French model (Penny Irving), resident in London having just completed a controversial photo shoot for a men's magazine, is approached at a party by a charismatic oddball calling himself Mark E. Desade (geddit?) whose dating techniques are strange, to say the least. He invites her to meet his parents, and she foolishly agrees - turns out the old couple (he's blind and senile, she's a sadistic retired prison warder) are running their own private prison in the middle of nowhere with the aim of punishing 'immoral' behaviour with beatings, solitary confinement, humiliations and compulsory Bible lessons. A couple of equally deranged guards are on hand to guide these wayward young things back onto the straight and narrow, along with several menacing rats. Don't ask. HOUSE OF WHIPCORD poured napalm on troubled waters with its original release in 1974, when the hang-'em-and-flog-'em brigade were at their most vocal and the likes of Mary Whitehouse and Lord Longford ("Lord Porn", according to Private Eye magazine) were keeping a beady eye on the increasing amount of sex, violence and bad language on television and in the movies. Pete Walker's bleak and disturbing take on vigilante justice gets the flesh crawling and the nerves jangling like precious few British horror flicks before or since, offering little comfort to the viewer as a series of ghastly coincidences, shocking deaths and unexpected twists take us ever closer to the resolutely downbeat ending. Ironically (hopefully) dedicated to the vocal minority who find sentencing too soft and the law largely impotent, WHIPCORD isn't for everyone - the faint of heart should steer well clear - but offers an upsetting glimpse into the heart of darkness for the curious. Ann Michelle and Penny Irving are surprisingly good in their dramatic roles, but the film is stolen by Barbara Markham, Patrick Barr and Sheila Keith, chewing the scenery as the governess, the helpless judge and the most zealous warden respectively. Ray Brooks (the voice of MR BENN) has a few good scenes as Michelle's sex-mad boyfriend.


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