Tuesday, January 4, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Prison A-Go-Go! (Barak Epstein, 2003)

While Reform School Girls looks like a WIP spoof, Prison A-Go-Go! is an actual one. It stars, and was produced by USA Up All Night hostess Rhonda Shear. Think of it as a Student Bodies of WIP, save that it also extends into the various films like Monster A-Go-Go! of the sixties, typically involving a mad scientist. The film embraces all the clich├ęs of WIP, and even features a clock at the bottom of the screen counting down to the next shower scene.

There is, believe it or not, a story. Mad scientist, Dr. Hurtrider (Travis Willingham), needs women for his experiments, and the Filipino prison he is operating from does not have the raw materials he needs. He sends some of his assistants to America to capture the perfect girl, Calista (Lauren Graham). Her sister, Janie (Laurie Walton) finds a clue:

So, it's off to prison for Janie, in search of her sister. Meanwhile, the prison needs a new warden, and superintendent, Dyanne She-Bitch Slutface (Mary Woronov), hires new Vocational School graduate, Wilbur Thorn (Mike Wiebe), to replace the old warden who was raped to death by his pet alligator.

The prison has all the typical trappings, though some are turned on their head. There is a the crazy girl who screams at everybody, the junkie who is hooked on a special type of "ice," the smuggler who can get a hold of anything, and Jackpot (Shear)who turns the tables by raping the guards.

So, Janie needs to find her sister, but also needs to escape. She did kill a hobo to get in. Fortunately, the prison was raided by ninjas, and one of them got stuck in prison with them. Also, the mad scientist's failed experiments turn out to work in the prisoners' favor.

In all, it is a pretty fun film for B-Movie fans of various stripes. Prison, ninjas, and zombies all wrapped in a corn tortilla and coated in cheesy goodness. Shear is hilarious, and there are a lot of great scenes and good jokes.


Thomas Pluck said...

Mary Woronov never disappoints.

Darius Whiteplume said...

She is good in it, though not in it much.

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