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Hellhole Women (1981)
"Sadomania - Hölle der Lust" (original title)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ajita Wilson ...
Magda Hurtado / Man Having Sex with Lucas
Andrea Guzon ...
Mercedes Llorens 'Coñito' (as Andrea Guzzon)
Ursula Buchfellner ...
Tara Lindberg (as Ursula Fellner)
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Governor Mendoza (as Robert Foster)
Uta Koepke ...
Olga Kowalski
Ángel Caballero ...
Michael Gordon
Gina Janssen ...
Loba Mendoza (as Gina Jansen)
Otto Retzer ...
Mario
Tania Sandoval ...
Miriam
Diana Capdevila ...
Head wardess
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Lucas
Consuelo Tejera
María del Carmen González
Patricia Quow ...
Juna
María Encarna Tejera
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3 June 1981 (Spain)  »

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ESP 32,984,708 (Spain)
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In the scene where Lucas is seen having sex with a young man, the role of the young man is actually played by lead actress Ajita Wilson, minus her wig and wearing a fake mustache. See more »

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In the scenes where Mario is rescuing the girls at the brothel and at the prison, he changes from pants to shorts, and then back to pants again. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Ilsa, the Wicked Warden (2014) See more »

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Franco's 'hamage' to 1,000 Days of Sodom
27 November 2005 | by (Shropshire, England) – See all my reviews

I can't help thinking that this is Franco's 'hamage' to the Marquis de Sade's "One Thousand Days of Sodom". People (in this case women) abducted to serve as slaves to a privileged elite? Check. Kinky sex? Check. Torture including whipping? Check. Victims chosen at random to be killed? Check.

Thank goodness Franco didn't go the whole hog and introduce cinema audiences to the delights of coprology (and indeed coprophagy), another perversion that crops up repeatedly in de Sade's tediously long and disgusting saga.

I rather hoped that this film would fall into the 'so bad it's good' category. But even the acres of naked flesh and numerous sexual encounters didn't make up for the dismal dialogue, dreadful acting, elusive plot and - just to put the tin hat on it - dubbing AND English sub-titles (a belt and braces approach missing from the women's costumes). The Alsation gave a very professional performance though.

Of course I could be wrong about the de Sade angle. After all, I failed to realise that the actor playing the head warden at the 'prison' was a trans-sexual. I must pay more attention to the size of people's hands in future.

According to another reviewer, the film was banned in the UK. Well it clearly isn't any more, though I fancy that the nipple-needling scene was cut to satisfy the censors. On the DVD I watched, it was only clearly visible on the Spanish trailer (which, in case you're wondering, I watched to compare it with the English one).

The DVD also features an interview with Jess Franco, though you'll need better Spanish than mine to understand it. Unless I'm much mistaken it's neither dubbed nor sub-titled. And it points out that the person sodomising the character played by Franco is Ajita Wilson disguised using a moustache. Kind of ironic, given that (s)he had had the requisite appendage surgically removed.


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