The Women in Cell Block 9 (1977) from Tuna

This is a nasty little WIP (women in prison) flick from Jess Franco.

Karine Gambier is transporting a truckload of women through some undisclosed country that is supposedly in the middle of a revolution. She is stopped, and all of the women are detained. Three are left to the soldiers to be raped and killed, but Karine Gambier, Aida Gouveia and Esther Studer are taken prisoner by a very nasty female warden, and her doctor accomplice, Howard Vernon. The prison officials have no political leanings, and are just in it for the fun of torture.

The first damsel to be tortured is student Susan Hemingway, who was caught with subversive propaganda in her dorm room. She has been chained for days just out of the reach of water. She is brought in and made to give the warden head, and is then given some champagne, but with a dash of salt. She is then put in the dreaded cell block nine along with the three captives, all held upright with manacles around their necks. All four women are stark naked, and remain so for the entire film, providing nearly unlimited full frontal and rear nudity. Each of the women is brought to the dungeon and tortured. Gambier is broken and gives the names of three of the resistance leaders. All four decide they must escape and save their comrades. The escape part is relatively easy, as they simply start up a four-way until they get a male guard interested in joining them.

Thus begins act three, with four stark naked women running through the jungle trying to escape.

This is straight-ahead nudity and torture in a WIP setting, and there is nothing complex about the story, but the transfer is wonderful, the nudity is copious, and the English dub is rather well done, so it is definitely worthwhile for fans of WIP movies.

DVD info from Xploited Cinema


Non-stop nudity from Susan Hemingway, Karine Gambier, Aida Gouveia and Esther Studer

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Based on this description, this film is a C. It holds no interest for the general public, but WIP fans will definitely want to view it.

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