The film was initially banned in the United Kingdom in 1992 by the British Board of Film Classification before being granted an 18 certificate later in the year after 21 minutes had been removed before submission and a further 3 mins 43 secs cut by the BBFC. See more »
Here we have a prime example of a women-in-prison film. None of the standard ingredients is missing: shower scenes, the lesbian prison guard, sexual abuse of the prisoners, unlawful imprisonment, staff murdering inmates, etc. We even have a good guy and a happy ending.
However, this film is way over the top, increasing the sleaze factor enormously, and having not the slightest inclination to tell a believable story. For example, both the sexual abuse and the unlawful killings are organised: the women are first auctioned to the highest bidder, then let loose in the jungle, then hunted down, then raped, and then killed. Come to think of it, this is actually one of the more believable elements of this prison system.
Although superficially the film is much more exploitative (more sex and more violence) than even the usual genre entries by the likes of Cirio H. Santiago, Jack Hill, or Jess Franco, the viewer is always aware that none of this is serious and that turns it around, it makes it less nasty. Do not get me wrong: this is not a comedy, and it does not have any unintentional laughs either; but it is noticeably tongue-in-cheek.
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