Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Werewolf in a Women's Prison (Jeff Leroy, 2006)

I am not a huge fan of heavy handed genre-mashing. Sure, Star Wars is a western, but it does not scream western. Werewolf in a Women's Prison is one of those rare instances where the genres are boldly mixed, without apology, and it works. Thanks to the awesome Mickey Glitter for pointing this one out to me.

On the one hand, it is a perfectly well-done WIP film. Because of the strict formula it takes a lot of effort to get that wrong. On the other, it is a really good werewolf movie. Victoria de Mare stars as Sarah Ragdale, who while camping in a fictitious Central American country with her boyfriend is attacked by a werewolf. The boyfriend is killed, but Sarah is able to kill the creature, but not before being bitten. When she is found, she is blamed for her boyfriend's death and put into a prison for the criminally insane.

The usual WIP antics ensue; she is "inspected" by the head matron, "Mistress Rita" (Jackeline Olivier), meets/is befriended by the hardened veteran, "Rachel" (Eva Derrek), and runs afoul of the HBIC and her crew, nominally led by "Kelly" (Yurizan Beltrán). Things change a bit when she is confronted by the mean girls and her newfound werewolf powers begin to show themselves. After the confrontation, Sarah and Rachel are sent to a modification of an old classic; The Toaster. They are chained up in the desert, and forced to survive in an incredibly unrealistic fashion.

Eventually, it become clear to Sarah that she is a werewolf, an the real werewolf movie starts. She is not innately evil, and knows she is cursed. Her boyfriend begins making appearances, a la the friend inAn American Werewolf in London, urging her to end her life to end the curse. Self-preservation is a strong urge, though, and it is never so simple. The warden and Mistress Rita discover Sarah's problem and plan to exploit it, much to their eventual chagrin.

Overall, this is a really fun movie, and while low budget, it does the best it can. The werewolf costume is a tad cheesy, as are some of the (thankfully few) CGI effects. The acting varies widely, but those with better skill ten to get the bulk of the lines. Like most WIP films, this one is a boobie and brutality fest, with added gore from the werewolf aspect. Frankly, if you like either genre, you should enjoy this one a great deal.

"The number you dialed is not in service at this time."

"Hah! You been punk'd, bitch!"

A modern aspect; the internet prisoner porn angle.

A bit of a Klute moment.

Mistress Rita loves the ladies.

"You're next, fresh meat."

The Yard is always the same.

Sarah and Rachel in The Toaster.

"I'm freaking out!"

"That's better."

'Werewolves never look by the toilet."

"There are no shower scenes. How will I get this blood off?"

"Don't kille me, baby."

"You have been a bad warden."


Mickey Glitter said...

Glad you liked it! =)

Darius Whiteplume said...

It really was pretty awesome. A lot of heart in this one.

Yum-Yum said...

I loved Mistress Rita's dedication to feeling up chicks. *single tear*

Oh, and shouldn't this film be labeled with the "perfectly sensible leg fixation" tag? I mean, I thought Eva Derrek's legs were perfect and sensible. So much so, that I have become quite fixated with them. ;)

Darius Whiteplume said...

I may have to amend that. Not sure if I reviewed this before the inauguration of the PSLF tag. Mistress Rita is the highlight, in many ways.

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