Saturday, September 17, 2011

99 Women (1969)

Director: Jesus Franco

Starring: Maria Schell, Herbert Lom, Mercedes McCambridge, Luciana Paluzzi, Maria Rohm

More info: IMDb

Tagline: 99 WOMEN... behind bars -- without men!

Plot: A group of 99 female inmates at an island prison endure the wrath of a sadistic superintendent (Mercedes McCambridge) while 500 male prisoners under the supervision of their warden (Herbert Lom) suffer similar indignities. These worlds collide when the female prison becomes a brothel.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? Noop.

#1 on Drive-In Delirium Volume 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

Women In Prison (WIP) films usually have very little to offer besides gratuitous nudity. They're typically dull with moments of nakedness, some torture and action if you're lucky. 99 WOMEN gives you a smattering of nudity, little to no torture and even less action. It's a one way ticket to Sleepytown. It's one of those pictures that has you reaching for the remote, knowing the end is near only to discover you're halfway through and there's 45 more minutes to go. The funny thing is, it's a good looking film. The locations are nice, the ladies are attractive but it's so fucking slow. Herbert Lom must have been hungry. I'm surprised he's in it but then he was a working actor and those kind of actors don't really care what the gig is as long as they get their fee. I can't blame him for it. This flick was at the beginning of the huge WIP renaissance this genre had throughout the following decade and a half. There are a ton of these kinds of films out there and they're mostly bad, really bad.

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