Friday, October 22, 2010

Caged Heat (1974)

One of the best (W.I.P.) Women In Prison movies ever made. This one was written and directed by the same guy who went on to do Silence Of The Lambs which I am not a big fan of but considering this is his first film, we really see how talented he was right from the beginning. I don't want to go as far as saying Caged Heat has class but it certainly does appear more polished then the average W.I.P. flick. The plot is pretty standard in all these movies. Criminal girls are being mistreated on the inside, in some movies more severely then others and theres almost always a wicked warden, This time played by wheelchair bound Barbara Steele. 90% of the time the inmates plan an escape and that's usually as far a a plot goes. These movies are always filled with lots of nudity and usually violence. A fight scene in the shower is almost necessary and its also not so rare for some medical type violence to be going on as well.
This one has the perfect mix of sex & violence but also offers up some humor which is pretty rare for this genre. The small bits of comedy really doesn't take away from the film either because it was done properly. It actually almost enhances the film because it adds another layer of depth to a genre that is usually pretty thin layered. Don't get me wrong, I love W.I.P. movies especially ones like this that Roger Corman produced. Anyone who likes movies like The Big Doll House and Black Momma White Momma will love this movie. Caged Heat "Will knock your pretty little teeth so far down your throat that you will need a picket fence around your asshole" so sit back and enjoy!

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