Whip Crack Away
By Paul D
from Uxbridge, England
, 09 Apr 2005
The tongue in cheek dedication at the start of the film is to those who 'eagerly await the return of corporal and capital punishment.' Unfortunately for Anne-Marie (Penny Irving), some people are not preparared to wait any longer.
She really should have guessed that something was amiss when she found out that her new boyfriend's name was Mark E. Desade (Robert Tayman). He invites her to visit his parents' house in the country. This turns out to be a prison where Mark's parents (played by Barbara Markham and Patrick Barr) dispense their own brand of justice aided by the cruel wardens (Sheila Keith and Dorothy Gordon). They believe that morality has gone to pot and their mission is to keep wayward women off the streets.
Many of the mainstays of prison dramas are here: sadistic warders, foiled escape attempts and floggings, but despite the film's derivative plot, it is a rattling good yarn superbly performed. In fact, the characters and story are unusually well defined for a film in the exploitation genre.
The excellent Sheila Keith can also be seen in some of director Pete Walker's other films including the highly recommended 'Frightmare' and 'House of Mortal Sin'.
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