MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 813 this week

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

4.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.6/10 from 582 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 29 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

(as Jess Franco)

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 22 Feb 2011
 
a list of 58 titles
created 26 Apr 2011
 
a list of 11 titles
created 04 Sep 2011
 
list image
a list of 22 titles
created 20 Jun 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 04 Oct 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "Hellhole Women" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hellhole Women (1981)

Hellhole Women (1981) on IMDb 4.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hellhole Women.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Ilsa, now a vicious warden, runs a mental-hospital for young women. A girl deliberately "checks" in to the hospital to find out what has happened to her sister who stayed there. Meanwhile ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Tania Busselier, Lina Romay
99 Women (1969)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

New inmate Marie arrives at an island prison in the women's sector and receives the number 99. The inmates are controlled by the sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz and Governor Santos and ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi, Mercedes McCambridge
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Martine Fléty, Sarah Strasberg, Dagmar Bürger
Bottoms Up (1974)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A scientist discovers a way to turn cow manure into energy. Two secret agents are dispatched to find out the formula but they devote more time to having sex with each other than they do ... See full summary »

Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb
Stars: Alena Penz, Alexander Grill, Rinaldo Talamonti
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Hans Hass Jr., Eva Garden, Ingeborg Steinbach
Lust for Frankenstein (Video 1998)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Michelle Bauer, Lina Romay, Analía Ivars
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Princess Obongo, the Goddess of Unspeakable Lust, uses dark powers to ensnare a hapless couple of yuppies, so that she can imbue them with evil and conquer the world.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Ajita Wilson, Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Cesare Canevari
Stars: Ajita Wilson, Tina Aumont, Luigi Pistilli
Love Camp (1977)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A group of women are kidnapped by guerrillas and forced to serve as prostitutes for them in a jungle brothel. The sadistic female warden decapitates uncooperative girls.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Nanda Van Bergen, Ada Tauler, Monica Swinn
Devil Hunter (1980)
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A Vietnam veteran heads to an island inhabited by cannibals to save a kidnapped model not only from her kidnappers, but also from the cannibals' lurking Devil god.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Ursula Buchfellner, Al Cliver, Antonio Mayans
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Convent of Sinners is the story of Susanna, a young girl who is raped by her own father and sent to a convent for her sins, where she falls in love with a priest. The other nuns, however, ... See full summary »

Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: Eva Grimaldi, Karin Well, Gabriele Gori
Tender Flesh (1997)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A stripper and her sleazy boyfriend are invited by a wealthy woman and her lover to join them on her private island for a weekend of sex games in exchange for a large fee. When the couple ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Lina Romay, Monique Parent, Aldo Sambrell
Edit

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)
...
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
...
Lucas
Consuelo Tejera
María del Carmen González
Patricia Quow ...
Juna
María Encarna Tejera
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

3 June 1981 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Hellhole Women  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 32,984,708 (Spain)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Legendary sleaze by mister Franco
16 August 2002 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Sadomania is the infamous Women in Prison flick by the king of ultra low budget exploitation films, Jesus Franco, Spain. He has made many immortal films like Love Letter of the Portuguese Nun (nunsploitation, 1977) and Bloody Moon (ultra-gore, 1981), and even though some of his films are worse and not-so-ambitious, he definitely has a talent and is noteworthy film maker. His greatest masterpiece of the films I've managed to see is Awful Dr. Orlof (1962), the black and white horror classic with Howard Vernon. Sadomania is among his dirtiest films and not without a reason.

The ridiculous plot has a newly wed young couple, who is kidnapped during their journey as they drive their wedding car somewhere in Spain. They are taken to the nearby women prison, led by sadistic lesbian warden (the late Ajita Wilson) and some sleazy governor and his wife, and despite the fact that the prison girls/women work hard there, their real reason to be there is to satisfy these leaders' bottomless sexual desires and perversions. Poor women are raped and abused, in the guaranteed Franco style, but it all ends happily for the protagonists and evil and horny sadists meet their fate, again Franco style.

This film is okay if one happens to like these kind of "guilty pleasures" with huge amount of nudity and love making. The sleaze-o-meter is taken as high as possibly when considered the fact that the head warden Wilson was originally born man, but changed his sex to female, and the close ups of this attractive black lady show that her hands and some parts of the body are definitely male and thus her attractiveness tones down a bit (for hetero sexual man), but still, she is very sensual here, albeit her role character is more than repulsive. The other actors are more or less amateurs, but also talented ones. Beautiful females get naked a lot, and that's the thing Franco has always been able to do. Perhaps every frame of the film "once it gets going" involves at least one naked human being, usually female.

The "message" of this film seems to be that of what hides under our "civilized" surface and what kind of animals we are deep inside. Franco uses plenty of segments without a dialogue and some symbolic scenes (like the knife-fight-to-the-death scene), which show and depict the wild beast psyche what hides inside every human being, but in many cases un-active. Another thing is, that the sadists in the film are totally insatiable and hungry for sex, which is perhaps the strongest instinct in human nature and psyche. Sadomania shows us the faces of human nature we wouldn't necessarily want to face, but as we think about the state of the world and what kind of things take place, Franco's thoughts are more than true and serious. The fact that this film is mostly exploitation oriented doesn't mean that the film couldn't have any artistic merits, and Franco definitely wants most of his films to be more than mere exploitation.

Sadomania is noteworthy piece of Franco cinema, and shot with his usual zooms and beautiful images of nature, stained only by the presence of the film's ugly and evil protagonists. Sadomania has also some interesting elements in its soundtrack, which is supposedly composed by the director himself. I give Sadomania 7/10 rating, but that's only possible if one can watch these films and appreciate them despite their many filthy scenes and characters.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Tell Me? tropicalsmooches_31
Discuss Hellhole Women (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?