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Gil Carretero (screenplay)
Sergio Chiusi (screenplay)
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27 March 1980 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Anthony Steffen ... Doctor Farrell
Ajita Wilson ... Zaira
Cristina Lay ... Vivienne
Cintia Lodetti ... Katie
Luciano Pigozzi ... The Warden
Serafino Profumo ... Martinez
Maite Nicote ... Mary (as Maite Nicott)
Yael Forti ... Marika
Zaira Zoccheddu ... Lucy
Adelaide Cendra
Angela Martinelli
Gilberto Galimberti ... Luis
Anna Maria Panaro ... Marie Antoinette, the madwoman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Spafford ... Martinez (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Edoardo Mulargia  (as Edward G. Muller)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gil Carretero  screenplay (as Roberto Esteves)
Sergio Chiusi  screenplay
Sergio Chiusi  story
Anthony La Penna  dialogue: English version (as Tony La Penna)
Edoardo Mulargia  screenplay (as Edward G. Muller)

Produced by
Arturo González .... producer
Original Music by
Marcello Giombini 
Cinematography by
Manuel Mateos (director of photography) (as Valverde Mateos Manuel)
Film Editing by
Eugenio Alabiso 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Carrera .... hair stylist
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilberto Galimberti .... assistant director
Art Department
Gumersindo Andrés .... set designer (as Gumersindo Andres Lopez)
Sound Department
Anthony La Penna .... dubbing director: English edition (as Tony La Penna)
Sandro Occhetti .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurizio Centini .... camera operator
Marco Sperduti .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Sante Discepoli .... assistant editor
Other crew
Marialuce Faccenna .... script girl (as Maria Lucia Faccenna)
Giuseppe Scandue .... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Femmine infernali" - Spain (original title)
"Escape" - USA (video title)
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93 min | UK:88 min (cut)
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The film was rejected for UK cinema in 1980.See more »
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »


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Best Costume Drama Ever, 11 January 2004
Author: duffyy from Sydney

A film so good they made it twice (they shot the equally lurid `Hotel Paradise' at the same time), and even released a scratch mix version called `Savage Island' with Linda Blair which wasn't so good. We all know by now that the plot involves a couple of dozen half naked women being terrorised by the brutal guards in a jungle prison camp. It also has a host of titillating titles which translate as `The Torture Camp of the Dear Witches', `The Dear Witches of the Rio Cannibale' `Escapees from the Love Camp' and `Infernal Women', although that was the original. In Britain it was called `Hell Prison' and back in 1980 when I saw it the cover was enough to get me interested, probably a bit too interested. I've seen it twice since and might even buy the DVD one day.

On the cast, everyone seems to know about the late Ajita Wilson, but have you noticed that Christina Lai (Vivien) appears in Moonraker for all of two seconds (credited there as Christina Hui)? So 1979 was a big year for her. All of which set me to thinking who she really was, and what was her real name. Well, she was Miss Italy 1978 (then known as Loren Cristina Mai). Further `research' reveals that Zaira Zoccheddu, who plays `Lucy' was a Miss World contestant in 1974, but she finished nowhere. Don't you just love the internet?

Also Anna Maria Panaro (aka Annamaria Pace) appeared in a couple of `Sword and Sandal' epics in the 60s and then seems to have disappeared until she turned up in an episode of Sex and the City. Here she plays `Marie Antoinette' who pretends to be mad and has an affair with a dog to keep the guards off her case, smart move.

Handsome Serafino Profumo (`Martinez') has a scary list of film credits, though I think the IMDB has missed at least one of those icky Italian Nazi-sex epics of the 70s. And Brazilian born Anthony Steffen did a lot of spaghetti westerns before landing his greatest role here as the alcoholic doctor.

Wow, there's certainly more to this skin-fest than meets the eye. I'm going to write a thesis on this movie. Or maybe start a fan club which is long overdue. Help me out and I guarantee a million hits.

Whoever has the rights should be informed that some of us are crying out for the director's cut. Or maybe we could arrange a 25th anniversary reunion somewhere in Italy.

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