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Hellhole Women (1981)

Sadomania - Hölle der Lust (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 June 1981 (Spain)
A newly-wed couple in love finds a seemingly desolate place to park the car and make love. Soon, they will face the fearsome warden Magda Urtado's cruel reality.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writers:

Jesús Franco (screenplay), Günter Ebert (screenplay) (as Gunter Ebert)
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Cast

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

In Spain, a newlywed couple parks their car in a deserted land to make love and they trespass a private property. They are taken to a women's prison and the husband is released while his wife is arrested and forced to hard labor. Soon she learns that the women in the prison are submitted to sexual abuse to satisfy the sadistic and lesbian warden and the impotent governor and his bisexual wife. Meanwhile her husband returns to the prison with a friend expecting to rescue his wife while Kanita and Tara are sold to a brothel. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Perverse! Jess Franco Pours On The Sleaze!


Certificate:

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Country:

Spain | West Germany

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

3 June 1981 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellhole Women See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version (released as "Prisoners Of The Flesh") was cut by a staggering 17 minutes and ran just over 60 minutes in length, and the film was rejected for a possible video release on the Redemption label in 1994 by the BBFC. The full-length version was finally passed in 2005 after 17 secs of cuts to edit footage of a pin being inserted into a woman's nipple. See more »

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Low budget exploitation sleaze from Jess Franco
10 June 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

First things first, I quite enjoyed "Sadomania". Despite its low budget, the film is visually impressive with some atmospheric cinematography by Juan Soler.

In terms of plot, it comes as no surprise to learn that the script was adapted from an unused "Ilsa" screenplay. There are many similarities between the "Ilsa" films and "Sadomania". Here, transsexual Ajita Wilson plays Magda Urtado, the wicked warden of "a prison from hell". Well, a prison that contains nubile young women who all look like escapees from Hefner's Playboy Mansion. This is a cue for all sorts of softcore goings-on.

The film's tiny budget is obvious - some of the guards' weapons look like they've been sourced from the bargain bin of "Toys R Us" and the crocodile special effects are somewhat rubbery. On top of this, the prison governor's car is somewhat shabby for a man in his position. However, the film overcomes these trivial obstacles and proves entertaining, even if some of the humour is unintentional.

"Sadomania" even has an appearance by Franco himself as a homosexual brothel owner. As Franco was not keen on contact with a fellow man, Ajita Wilson was asked to play his lover, without wig and disguised by a moustache.

7 out of 10. Not half as seedy as you'd imagine it to be. It could do better in the exploitation department but the cinematography really is rather good.


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