Gerardo de Leon directs a chick flick of a different sort. When sadistic women’s prison warden Alabama isn’t harassing her female inmates in her torture chamber, she’s maniacally seducing them, forcing them to bend to her every sexual whim.
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Superior Philippines-shot women in prison sleazefest goes through all the usual motions, but working for it is a fast-paced, over the top plot and Pam Grier's inimitable presence as the requisite sadistic matron. Hard to argue its values as good cinema, but great entertainment for cult movie fans.
This is a lot more morally complex than anyone will give it credit for but ultimately our "relatively" innocent protagonist is a bit of a drip as an actress. Still, the scene where Sofia Moran frees Pam Grier despite her sadism is heartbreaking in light of what follows for both of them. Also of note is the beautiful cinematography De Leon is known for. Idk if I can say I'm a fan totally, but it's certainly of note.