original title: Frauengefangnis
aka: Caged Women, Woman Caged
Director: Jess Franco
Starring: Lina Romay, Paul Muller, Monica Swinn, Roger Darton, Ronald Weiss
Prisoners in a barbaric camp of sadistic perversions.
Maria is wrongfully accused of killing her father, who has more than normal feelings for his daughter, and sent to a female prison. In the prison she gets tortured and abused by the demented wardeness and her partner in crime Dr. Costa.
Together with two other inmates, Maria plans how they can excape this hell hole and get their freedom back. And there’s also an undercover mole planted in the prison to expose the dirty things that are going on there.
The story here is pretty lame and an excuse to show sleazy nudity spiced with some torture. Everything here is done a lot better in other exploitation flicks, including some of Franco’s own ones. Franco’s visual choices here are very stripped down and at times even foggy. The pacing is very slow and there focus here is simply to show the beauty of the naked females. The flashback where we see Maria’s father trying to make sweet love to her and she ends up slapping him silly is done in foggy slow motion and looks incredibly ridiculous.
The inmates are a bunch of horny and freaky ladies. One is just crazy and another one likes to enjoy herself by masturbating with a cigarette. The females in this movie are very pretty to look at, especially Martine Stedil who have a beautiful young and innocent looking face and a killer body. She did a total of five movies, all with Franco between 1975 and 1977. Cult legend Linda Romay is of course in it and plays the main character Maria. She is always nice to look at and someone you expect to see in a Franco film.
Barbed Wire Dolls is a sleazefest filled with nudity. I found it to be boring, but if naked women in agony are enough for you to enjoy a movie, then this might be good enough to entertain you.