Sunday Cinema – “Reform School Girls”

Another classic from the 1980’s vault, this movie was (according to iMDB) a “farce” of previous “women in prison” movies the director had done in the 1970’s. And it certainly lives up to that description.

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The movie begins with Jenny and her boyfriend & their failed robbery attempt. Her boyfriend shoots a guard, gets shot by the guard & ends up in a car crash. Jenny is sentenced to the Pridemore School for Girls in the hopes of being reformed. What she finds is a slap-down prison and plenty of craziness.

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Meet Edna, who runs the day-to-day operations. You NEVER want to cross Edna…

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Wendy O. Williams (you may know her from the band. “The Plasmatics”) stars as Charlie, the hardened teen bulldyke. Yes, she spends the entire movie in a leather bra & G-string. And yes, she was around 40 years old when this movie was made. Kind of a stretch to see her as a “teen”, but she’s wearing a leather G-string!

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You might know Warden Sutter if you’ve seen other straight-to-video skin flicks, yes – it’s Sybil Danning!

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Lots of your “typical” prison stuff happens like de-lousing, shower room scenes, foiled escapes, & of course chain-gang activities. The final scenes entail a full-scale riot with this iconic image of Charlie riding the top of the school’s bus:

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The movie was so-so, basically written as a T&A flick for teen boys to get hot and bothered over (like so many straight-to-video movies of the 1980’s). This is certainly not a family-friendly film at all, so be warned.

If you want to see some of the demented & twisted stuff that went on within the walls of Pridemore, check it out on YouTube…

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