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Human Experiments (1979)

A demented prison doctor performs gruesome shock therapy experiments on inmates.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Haynes ... Rachel Foster
Geoffrey Lewis ... Doctor Hans R. Kline
Ellen Travolta ... Mover
Lurene Tuttle ... Granny
Mercedes Shirley Mercedes Shirley ... Warden Weber
Darlene Craviotto Darlene Craviotto ... Rita
Marie O'Henry Marie O'Henry ... Tanya
Wesley Marie Tackitt Wesley Marie Tackitt ... Jimmy
Caroline Davies Caroline Davies ... Pam
Cherie Franklin Cherie Franklin ... Cell Guard
Aldo Ray ... Mat Tibbs
Jackie Coogan ... Sheriff Tibbs
Bobby Porter ... Derril Willis
James O'Connell James O'Connell ... Father
Rebecca Bohanon Rebecca Bohanon ... Mother


Country singer Rachel (Haynes) is arrested and charged with murder and placed in prison. Psychiatric sessions are run by the sadistic Dr. Kline, whose idea of mental health is to erase the patient's personality and completely replace it with a new one through brainwashing. Written by Ørnås

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Release Date:

26 September 1980 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Women in Prison See more »

Filming Locations:

Newhall, California, USA


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$300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Originally titled "Beyond the Gate." See more »


Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »


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Not great perhaps, but neither boring nor "nasty"
5 April 2009 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This movie is most famous for having been banned in Britain during the "video nasty" scare of the early 80's. I can only suppose the idiots mistook it for a Nazi death camp exploitation flick, like the similarly titled "S.S. Experiment Camp", because it's really not all that shocking or offensive. 70's actress Linda Haynes plays a country singer. Haynes was very cute and sexy, but she was a TERRIBLE singer, which might explain why her character only gets booked by horny hicks at honky-tonk bars out in the middle of nowhere. While driving back from one of these gigs, her car breaks down. She goes to a farmhouse to use the phone, only to discover that a pre-teen boy living there has slaughtered his entire family with a shotgun. She shoots the homicidal tyke in self-defense and ends up being blamed for all the murders.

The movie for awhile turns into a rural WIP movie like "Jackson County Jail"--there is a "de-lousing" and shower scene, some aborted lesbianism, and a brief cat fight--but not as much as usual in a WIP film (gratefully, perhaps since all the other prisoners are generally unattractive). But this particular prison also has a bent psychiatric doctor played by Geoffrey Lewis (side-kick to Clint Eastwood and the father of Juliette Lewis). He has some crackpot therapy where he breaks the worst offenders down to the level of infants, where they're clutching teddy bears and sucking their thumbs, and then he tries to "rebuild" them as respectable citizens. So far, however, all his "experiments" have gone horribly awry.

The scenes of the prison authorities breaking the Hayne's characters will are pretty effective--the crackpot shrink is also a frustrated entomologist, so at one point they pour disgusting insects all over her, and they do other stuff like stage mock executions and try to convince her she's going insane. None of this rises much above the level of a TV movie though, and it hardly justifies this movie's "nasty" status. The image of grown women reduced to infantilism is kind of disturbing, but if this were a Jess Franco or European WIP film, they probably would have tried to make this sexy somehow, which would have been far more disturbing.

The ending is REALLY stupid, but I didn't find this movie boring generally speaking. And it certainly didn't deserve the "nasty" treatment it got from the British censors.

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