This sleazy little film was a lot more enjoyable than I was expecting. Director Pete Walker generates a fair amount of tension early on, and populates the film with some entertainingly bonkers characters, plus plenty of naked female flesh.
When the appropriately named Mark E. Desade picks up a young French model, Ann-Marie (played, with a surprisingly decent French accent, by Penny Irving) he soon displays a perchance for the perverse but itâ€™s only when takes her home to meet his mum and dad that things really get interesting. Dadâ€™s a demented old judge and mumâ€™s a sadistic ex-prison warden and theyâ€™ve set up there own correctional facility for wayward young ladies, where even the simplest crime results in the ultimate penalty. The prison is staffed by a pair of matrons, one a butch older woman with lesbian tendencies, the other getting her pleasure from torturing the inmates.
Itâ€™s more thoughtful than you might think though, David McGillivrayâ€™s script portraying the would-be defenders of morality as the real perverts. Most of the torture isnâ€™t explicitly shown and while early on some of the nudity is pure titillation, thereâ€™s little to get you excited once the story moves to the prison (unless of course youâ€™re as twisted as the people who run it). It also displays a ruthless efficiency with its characters, leaving you wondering if anyone will survive to see the credits.