"Alright ladies....lets play the name game "
Boggman! | Laguna Hills, CA | 04/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Reform School girls is an over the top woman in prison cult classic that is FUN FUN FUN to watch. I watched this movie 100's of times growing up in the mid 80's, and it still pleases today. Wendy O Williams is completely mesmerizing to watch, although her acting is pretty bad to say the least. Still the film manages to entertain with its completely unbelievable premise. I love this movie. Pat Ast and Wendy O Williams make this movie what it is, and why Sybil Danning got the DVD cover I'll never know (she's barely in the film).
Pat and Wendy (both who have since passed) make great villains though, and are thoroughly enjoyable to watch over and over again. If you like low budget, entertaining prison films with lots of women, violence & nudity, then you will love Reform School Girls. The soundtrack is pretty awesome too, and showcases W.O.W's real talent as a musician and performer.
CHECK OUT THE DVD COMMENTARY! IT'S PRETTY FUNNY AND ENTERTAINING TO LISTEN TO!
Here's an Odd Thing I Noticed!
Sensory Depravation | Central Illinois | 10/26/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I put the DVD in today and because of recent bad experiences I decided to compare this "Widescreen" version to an old VHS fullscreen version. Of course, the DVD version is actually cropped when compared to the Fullscreen VHS version, but the weird thing is that neither is consistent. Both the DVD and the Fullscreen version have different scenes where the top or bottom of the frame is cut off. One scene it will be the bottom or top of the Widescreen DVD version and the next scene it will be a little off the top or bottom in the VHS version. WEIRD! Example: There is a scene where Linda Carol is laid down in the back of a truck after pretending to faint. In the DVD version when she goes to read a note (watch her sox) you can see part of both of her ankles. In the VHS version you can see part of one ankle and tiny bit of the other. Though both have issues, I would say the DVD is cropped throughout the film and the VHS only seems to be in parts. Example: In that same scene you can see more of the top of the frame in the VHS version.
Now, I know this seems trivial for a "B" title, but I am starting to notice these framing issues more and more on DVDs I buy from all categorys. 2 other recent examples are Terminator 3 Widescreen and Trading Places Widescreen. I think it is false advertising when I buy a product that says it is Widescreen and I get a picture that is cropped. It justifys Fullscreen buyers who incorrectly, I thought, say "I don't buy widescreen because the black bars at the top and bottom cut off the picture." I know thats wrong, but apparently DVD manufacturers are starting to ignore it more and more. I guess it is just easier to slap black bars on a fullscreen version and say it is widescreen. Hey, it saves time and effort so who cares what the customer thinks!
***Note the cropping in this title is minor compared to the cropping in Terminator 3. Actually, it seems pretty minor overall, but it is cropped and that drives me crazy.
Now that is out of the way I can talk about the movie itself. Insane Fun! A classic! I don't like to delve into plot because I don't like to spoil, but I do like to give reason for you too watch or stay away. If you like women in prison movies and you like to laugh then this is your movie. If you like shower scenes then this is your movie. If you like insane relationships and over-the-top villians then this is your movie. If you like films with meaning, powerful performances, well written dialogue, hidden truths, or some sort of enlightening message then run as fast as you can away from this movie. This film requires no thinking, other than if the framing is off. This film only asks you to use your eyes to see what it shows and your ears to hear what it says, but you don't actually have to listen that closely.
Special Features-Alright. They went a little further than most by adding commentary, but I haven't listened to it so I can't tell you how it is. Maybe that is where I'll hear answers to my framing complaints."
T&A and Wendy O. Williams
Boggman! | 08/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, this movie has no real plot or point to it, but for T & A and some classic Pat Ast moments, this is the movie to see. This movie is one of my Top 10 flicks of all time. It has a kickin' soundtrack as well as my three favorite things from the MPAA ratings: Sexuality, graphic language and violence. Basically a good girl gone bad, thrown into a reform school and her misdaventures there with the bullying gang of female thugs ran by the late Wendy O. Williams. Throw in the mean person in charge (Pat Ast) and Sybil Danning as the warden and you are in for around 90 minute's of fun."
Maybe not the greatest film ever made --- but I liked it!!!
Boggman! | 06/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's something about girls-in-prison films that I just can't get enough of, and this one is certainly a winner in that regard! No, it's hardly an accurate portrayal of life behind bars for young females --- that would be boring --- instead, this one has a bunch of hotties in lingerie being preyed on by a gang of lesbian tough-girls led by the toughest girl of them all: Wendy O. Williams! And Wendy is AWESOME in that role!Wendy sets her sights on one pretty young thing, and in what I thought was a really hot scene she and her cohorts strip this girl completely naked and then brand her on the butt with a branding iron made from a coat-hanger. I'm sorry, but I just LOVE that kind of stuff! Of course, there's the pretty girl (Linda Carol) who sets herself up as the cellblock's good girl, and she inevitably battles Wendy throughout the movie. Pat Ast is the psycho prison matron, and Sybil Danning is the warden. I was disappointed that Sybil didn't play more of a dykey-warden --- I mean, she certainly looked the part. Pat Ast, meanwhile, is just psycho. Anyway, as chicks-behind-bars-films go, this one was a winner!"