There are very few movies that live up to their preview. Many films show all the best action scenes, give away the good dialogue, and sometimes they even spoil the mystery of the film’s ending. This is not the case the indy horror fest Werewolf in a Women’s Prison. This film, from writers Vinnie Bilancio and Jeff Leroy (who also directed the film), delivers everything its title and previews promise; all the violence and gore any horror fan could ask for along with all the beautiful women in classic “Women in Prison” scenes that one could hope for.
The story follows Sarah Ragdale’s (Scream Queen Victoria De Mare) unfortunate adventures in the ambiguously Central/South American Republic of Canpuna. Sarah and her boyfriend Jack (writer Vinnie Bilancio) are camping in the wilds of Canpuna when they are attacked by a werewolf. The wolf kills Jack and bites Sarah, but fortunately for her, she manages to set the creature on fire with the expensive vodka that they had brought which contained silver flakes.
Killing the werewolf wasn’t enough to save Sarah from the twisted justice of Canpuna and she finds herself in a the Canpuna prison for criminally insane women. The prison is run by the sadistic warden Juan (Domiziano Arcangeli) and his bisexual dominatrix side-kick Rita (Jackeline Olivier). Juan and Rita sexually abuse the women and film them for their “Prison Babes Gone Wild” website. Sarah does manage to find a friend in Rachel (Eva Derrek), another American held in the prison on trumped up charges.
Things take a turn for the worse as the full moon approaches. In scenes paying homage to An American Werewolf in London Jack begins appearing to Sarah as a ghostly zombie. Each appearance brings dire warnings of her werewolf curse, humorous one-liners, and an ever more disgusting visage of Jack as his form decays. Finally Sarah gets her wolf on and from that point the film turns from sexy women-in-prison to full on gore fest.
Werewolf in a Women’s Prison does not set out to be the next Academy Award winning film. It sets out to entertain its audience with a mixture of humor, horror and sex. The film manages to do just that. Director Jeff Leroy took his limited budget and managed to put every penny of it on the screen. The gore effects are excellent and often original, especially Sarah’s transformation into the werewolf, using mostly conventional make-up effects, models, and some CGI. Of course the special effects aren’t the only thing worth seeing, the women cast as the, at best, scantily clad, prisoners are all seem to be just as happy to remove their clothes as they are beautiful, a winning combination for a film about women in prison that isn’t being shown on the Lifetime channel. Although there are a few points where the film does tend to drag on, overall this was one of the most purely entertaining films that has been made in a long time. So if you want to see a film that is a lot of fun to watch and that truly lives up to its name, check out Werewolf in a Women’s Prison today before the moon is full again!