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Young girls are disappearing in and around the Mary Magdalen Halfway House for Troubled Girls. Desperate to find out what became of her sister, Larissa Morgan goes undercover to infiltrate the Catholic-run institution. Once inside, she encounters Father Fogerty, a priest with a passion for punishment; Sister Cecelia, a nun with a dark past plotting an even blacker future; Edwina and her love-toy Cherry Pie; tough Latino Angelina and her home girls and a sinister handyman named Lutkus. It's not long before she's caught up in a twisted web of sadism, violence, and wanton lust before finally learning the ultimate secret of the Halfway House. Written by
Kenneth J. Hall
Miskatonic University is mentioned by Ofc. Sheen to Larissa, who queries "where have I heard that before?" This is a reference to H.P. Lovecraft, who used this fictitious University in some of his stories, notably "Re-Animator." See more »
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Halfway girls go all the way until they just go away.
While, in some ways, The Halfway House fails miserably at being an entertaining horror movie it does so many other things right (albeit, perhaps, accidentally) that it ends up being an entertaining piece of hokum from start to finish.
When Larissa Morgan (Janet Tracy Keijser) tries to find out what exactly has happened to her missing sister she discovers that a number of other young women have all gone missing in the vicinity of the Mary Magdalen Halfway House For Trouble Girls. So, of course, she decides to get herself admitted there and do some investigating, with the help of a reluctant cop (Shawn Savage) who can do little more than contact her surreptitiously for updates. It's a halfway house for trouble girls which means, of course, that we get catfights, lesbianism and plenty of gratuitous nudity. In fact, the only thing missing was a slow-motion feather pillow fight.
Writer-director Kenneth J. Hall (who was, apparently, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft though fans may not feel that this is a worthy addition to the canon of Lovecraftian lore already out there) puts together a lame script, uses some actors who are barely half-decent but who don't mind nudity (in fact, Stephanie Leighs may be allergic to clothing) and stages some moments of supposed tension that are so comical they play out more as parodies.
But then he throws in a hilariously random sex scene, then some fetish accessories here and there. Bored? There's some more nudity for you. Not sure if any of the girls are quite your type. How about a group shower scene while you decide? And let's not forget the lesbianism.
The script has flashes of wit, though a running gag about the policeman being named Dick Sheen just doesn't work there is an amusing reference to Madonna and a couple of film references thrown in there quite randomly.
Yes, it may be wrong to rate the movie so high for such shallow reasons but the fact is that this movie does a nice line in sleazy fun and is actually more fun than the more recent releases such as Bitch Slap or Nude Nuns With Big Guns. It almost feels like a grindhouse film at times, which is no bad thing for fans of that kind of movie. And Mary Woronov's in it. And a big rubber monster. Which equals fun, in my book.
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