Women’s Prison Massacre (1983) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Directed By: Bruno Mattei
Starring: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Ursula Flores
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
Master of exploitation Bruno Mattei (Cruel Jaws, Rats: Night of Terror) hauls his unique cinematic stylings to the slammer in Women’s Prison Massacre! Sultry reporter Emanuelle (Laura Gemser) is on the verge of breaking a big story about a corrupt politician when she gets framed and sent to a women’s prison. There, incarcerated women face unspeakable cruelty and inhumane conditions — and that’s before a quartet of dangerous men are temporarily transferred to the facility! When the felonious four overpower the guards and take over, it’s up to Emanuelle and her fellow inmates to take control of the prison — and their very lives. Featuring Mattei’s signature flourishes and a script co-written by Claudio Fragasso (the visionary behind Troll 2 and Beyond Darkness), Women’s Prison Massacre is a brutal and uncompromising entry in one of cinema’s most infamous genres.
Emanuelle, a reporter, comes just a little too close to exposing a corrupt official, and is sent to prison on trumped-up charges. In the prison, the inmates are constantly humiliated and tortured by the prison staff. Overly affectionate prisoners are forced underwater, while others are obliged to look on. Emanuelle finds an enemy in the deranged Albina, who “runs the prison.” For the pleasure of the warden, Emanuelle and Albina are then forced to fight each other with knives, but this isn’t even the start of what happens in this movie. Bad becomes worse when four men awaiting execution escape and take over the prison and they also take time to sleep with some of the women in the prison. Yes, it is THAT type of movie my friends! Movies like this don’t really get made anymore these days. And even worse if someone does try to make one it’s usually so watered down you don’t even want to count it. This movie has a strong lead, a good story, and while some times it’s over the top, it’s a good movie in it’s own right for what it is. If you are a fan of just about any exploitation film from the old school grindhouse days, you’ll without question find more than a few things you’ll enjoy here in this movie. It looks the part, it’s filled with the type of stuff you love about those movies, and it’s never boring. That’s always a plus in my book.
Laura Gemser who stars as Emanuelle, may be known for some of the graphic things that’s taken place in movies she is in. But rest a sure she’s a treat while she’s on-screen as she brings it in the acting department as well. And seeing as how, Women’s Prison Massacre doesn’t really have the sex on a level of the past movies she’s in, she really gets the chance to show her acting and have it not overshadowed by the other stuff. It’s also good that it’s that way for the person watching the film. If you want a porno you’ll watch a porno. I think if you watch an Emanuelle movie, you are mostly after an actual movie. And that’s more or less what you get here, just with some over the top violence. While I do think the movie’s ending lacks in some ways, mostly considering the fact we never got another Emanuelle films to close the holes in the overall story, I do think this movie is very much worth a watch. It packs some nudity (not on an over the norm level), some wacky characters, and some gore! That’s good combinations in the book of this reviewer. And when you also take into account how well the movie looks here and how great the set is. I found this to be a bit of an odd choice for Scream Factory, but the more Bruno Mattei movies out there in HD the better. I’d give Women’s Prison Massacre’s transfer and the release in general a thumbs up here.
Quality of Transfer: 84%