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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.


Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)


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

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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


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!


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Spain | West Germany



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3 June 1981 (Spain) See more »

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Hellhole Women See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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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Sorry Jess, This One Sucks

I am a fan of Jess Franco's bizarre style, and a lover even of his trashier films, and my personal opinion is that he has, besides several very entertaining movies, also created a few masterpieces, such as the brilliant "Paroxismus" aka "Venus In Furs" of 1969, for example. It is, however, an undeniable fact that the 180+ movies this highly prolific filmmaker has directed in his career, also include a bunch of big time stinkers. "Sadomania" of 1981 certainly is one of these stinkers, just an utterly bad and plot less movie with the ability to bore the hell out of you in spite of constant sleaze and nudity.

Sure, the constant nudity will keep you entertained for 20 minutes, but since it keeps going on and on like that one is pretty likely to get bored after a short time. The only thing that really kept me watching this was the intensity of the sleaze which is, generously spoken, slightly amusing.

After couple of newlyweds get lost in the desert on some island, they are stopped by a bunch of topless women carrying guns, wardens of a local prison camp. While the husband is banished from the island, the wife is taken to the prison camp, a place of torture and sexual humiliation, reigned by the sadistic nymphomaniac Magda and an extremely perverted governor. The prisoners are, of course, entirely hot chicks, most of them blondes, the wardens are entirely topless women carrying rifles.

The plot, if one can call it that, is extremely stupid of course, but who is going to watch this for a good plot anyway. The (only) interesting thing about "Sadomania" is the high level of exploitation, even for a 'Women In Prison' film. There are probably two short scenes in the movie where we see a woman actually wearing a top, the sleaze contains all kinds of sexual perversions from rape to bestiality, and some of the torture scenes are really nasty.

It is amazing that a film with this extreme level of sleaze, however, can still be so boring. The sleaze will keep you watching in the beginning, but after the first 45 minutes I actually had a hard time not to fall asleep. It also makes me wonder why, out of all pornstars, Jess Franco chose Ajita Wilson, who was, according to most sources, a transsexual who had been born a man (well, maybe for exactly that reason). If you really want to watch this, make sure you have enough beer at home to sit through it and watch it for the sleaze and exploitation only (and maybe for the slight unintentional fun factor). Don't expect to be highly entertained, however, it is almost unbelievable how a movie with such a high sleaze level can be so boring. I am a Jess Franco fan and I always will be, but "Sadomania" is just bad. 2/10

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