Nudity; the film's only high point
braintoad | vista, ca United States | 08/16/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"In my opinion this was just a bad movie. I'm not talking like i expected a troma movie to be good, but this one was just not fun. The whole movie is a "serious" film about women trapped in a prison and being abused by guards. THey escape, hillarity does not ensue. THe movie is slow and often times unwatchable due to dubbed over dialogue. As DVD's go the image quality is pretty blurry, it looks like a 70's film. But as far as Troma DVD goes it is about average. On a high note there is a pretty rockin' scene in the jail cell where two women, well, discover each other. Lot's of boobs and pubes. Aside from that this movie is a slow, tedious and often times depressing trip through the world of the back woods penal system. A definite renter if anything."
It delivers what is expected.
Robert Meeks | Winchester, KY United States | 01/07/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first thing of note with a women in prison movie like 'Escape From Hell' is that if you are looking for cinematic art you are looking in the wrong place. 'Escape From Hell' caters to one thing; male libido. In this movie we have catfights (naked and clothed), sweat, bare bodies, sweat, shower and bathing scenes, sweat, lashings, sweat, lesbian scenes, sweat, people putting their mouths where they probably don't belong, and did I mention sweat. The plot is basic. A new warden arrives at the equivalent of a Devil's Island prison for women. This new warden is one sadistist martinet who lucks out to have a bevy of whip weilding guards with personalities to match. As conditions degenerate for the prisoners, they devise a plan to escape. In addition to our warden we have one nasty bald lead guard who will have you searching for a Yul Brenner movie just to get the bad taste out of your mouth; a female guard with a dubbed voice that sounds like a cross between a cartoon character and Gilbert Gottfried; and of course a compassionate character who happen to be an alcoholic doctor with emotional problems. 'Escape From Hell' stars Christina Lau and rumored transsexual film star Ajita Wilson in an Italian/Spanish production. Much of this movie was re-edited with parts from another movie starring Christina Lau with more scenes added which starred Linda Blair and released as 'Savage Island' in the US. Wth regard to the quality of the DVD presentation, it looks fine on my 20" television and is not a bad EP copy as one reviewer stated. It is not widescreen which is a disappointment, and as far as bonus material goes, this DVD is self serving to Troma; I do not care for a bio of Lloyd Kaufman. If you like 'women in prison' movies, this more than delivers the goods; if you find this subject distasteful, you are on the wrong page.--Bob"