Werewolf in a Women’s Prison (2007)
--Review by Nic Brown--
There are very few movies that live up to their preview. Many films show all the best action scenes, give away the good dialogue, and sometimes they even spoil the mystery of the film’s ending. This is not the case with the indy horror fest Werewolf in a Women’s Prison. This film, from writers Vinnie Bilancio and Jeff Leroy (who also directed it), delivers everything its title and previews promise: all the violence and gore any horror fan could ask for along with all the beautiful women in classic “Women-in-Prison” scenes that one could hope for.
The story follows Sarah Ragdale’s (Scream Queen Victoria De Mare) unfortunate adventures in the ambiguously Central/South American Republic of Canpuna. Sarah and her boyfriend Jack (writer Vinnie Bilancio) are camping in the wilds of Canpuna when they are attacked by a werewolf. The wolf kills Jack and bites Sarah, but fortunately for her, she manages to set the creature on fire with the expensive vodka that they had brought along which happened to contain silver flakes.
Killing the werewolf isn’t enough to save Sarah from the twisted justice of
Things take a turn for the worse as the full moon approaches. In scenes paying homage to An American Werewolf in London, Jack begins appearing to Sarah as a ghostly zombie. Each appearance brings dire warnings of her werewolf curse, humorous one-liners, and an ever more disgusting visage of Jack as his form decays. Finally Sarah "gets her wolf on" and from that point the film turns from sexy women-in-prison to full-on gore fest.
Werewolf in a Women’s Prison does not try to be the next Academy Award winning film. It sets out to entertain its audience with a mixture of humor, horror and sex, which it does quite well. Director Jeff Leroy took his limited budget and managed to put every penny of it on the screen. The gore effects are excellent and often original, especially Sarah’s transformation into the werewolf. The film's other special effects are a good mix of conventional make-up, models, and some CGI. Of course the special effects aren’t the only thing worth seeing. The women cast as the scantily clad prisoners are all beautiful and very willing to shed their clothes in the name of art, a winning combination for a film about women in prison that isn’t being shown on the Lifetime Network. Although there are a few points where the film does tend to drag on, overall this was one of the most purely entertaining films that has come out in a long time. So if you want to see a film that is a lot of fun to watch and that truly lives up to its name, check out Werewolf in a Women’s Prison today before the moon is full again!