Lust for Freedom Film Details
Overview: A former female cop is framed by corrupt police, acting in collusion with the local judge, and has to fight her way out of the pen, alone, against tough inmates, and the people in charge.
Tagline: Bras & brawls behind prison walls!
Review: A film that sums up the eighties more than this, it would be hard to find. Pulsing synthesiser soundtrack, non-stop, screaming rock and roll, no-plot, aimless violence, total lack of any decent characters, and yes very few real actors. It’s a cheap, low-budget, sensationalistic thrill-ride, set in a woman’s correctional facility. It’s a Troma movie, the hallmark of absolute garbage, and yes, it’s a well-earned reputation. This is a terrible, tacky work of zero-budget sexploitation, only with very little in the way of interest. The story drags its’ heels over just under ninety minutes, with Melanie Coll as a policewoman who gets captured by a crooked cop of an even more crooked city of flesh-peddlers, and generally unpleasant characters. However, things are surprisingly dull; it’s not exactly the “Hell on Earth” that it could have been. Coll just sits about in prison for most of the entire film, looking at other people having a hard time. Her dull, gaping performance is nothing special, yet the voice-over she provides manages to make a really bad film seem even worse, along the lines of Harrison Ford’s drudge-like tones pasted on top of Scott’s “Blade Runner”. To be fair, unlike budget-eating Ridley Scott, most of this is because the entire movie has been shot silently to save money, with most of the dialogue added in in post-production, often in totally no relation to their lip-movements. The other stylistically rather irritating thing about this film is, it has been hacked-about considerably – this 82-minute version has endless jumps in in it, which, when you’re watching a piece of very unsubtle exploitation, is frustrating, because you end up with all the dull bits, without any of the cheap thrills. However, there’s still a couple of rather memorable moments, mainly a very lovingly filmed lesbian sex scene between “Crystal Breeze” and Michelle Bauer, and a disconcertingly well-choreographed wrestling scene between Dee “Queen Kong” Booher, and Elizabeth Carlisle. Worth a mention, definitely, is Elizabeth Carlisle’s performance as the feisty bad-girl, Vicky, who gives a decent account of herself, in a rather over-the-top fashion, which is nonetheless entertaining. Equally over the top, is Judi Trevor’s “Miss Pusker”, a fierce faced prison warden, who is referred to at one point as being “Like something from a bad movie?” Do I hear anyone disagree with this? Nah. Her interrogation scenes with Amy Lyndon, are something of a highlight, and some of the few scenes which don’t appear to be too heavily cut about. Main baddie Jud, a big Native American, is physically impressive as a creepy nutcase, but to be honest, in a Troma movie, it isn’t hard to act like this. In fact, there’s a car chase scene in this which seems to have come straight from Tarrantino’s “Death Proof”. In fact, I’m sure Mr. Q T would love this kind of movie, the sort of thing which “Death Proof” is a tribute to in the first place. The ending is a ridiculous confusion of shouting, and people being shot, but to be fair, we’ve all kind of given up by this point, crushed under the weight of that god-awful theme song, as well as the “Rock You to Death”, theme song. God, turn off the rock! Not only that, it’s about twice the volume of the dialogue, which means you’ll have to do a lot of fiddling about with the volume. Or, just mute it every time the music kicks in. Makes me wish they’d just stuck to the synthesisers in the start of the movie. Overall, then, this is a movie which you are never supposed to judge as an art piece. It’s just a piece of cheap exploitation, albeit a very heavily edited one with just a couple of decent scenes in it. Even as a “woman in prison” movie, a notorious sub-genre, it kind of fails, because there’s so many scenes of literally nothing at all happening, with slow dialogue scenes in offices, no matter how sleazy and sensationalistic the DVD cover art tries to make it look. It’s just a prime slice of the eighties, where everything was just so very loud, cheap and silly. Thre’s a few really creepy, sordid moments, which hinge on the deeply disturbing side, but there is no denying that it does have a handful of relatively enjoyably exploitation moments, especially the longing close-ups in the Breeze/Bauer sex scene, which kind of makes you wish there’s deen a lot more of this, than Coll just moping about doing nothing whatsoever. It’s not a total waste of 82 minutes of your life, just maybe a very poor use of about seventy of them. Worth a watch, but be prepared to have to sift through a lot of crap, in order to get to the better bits. But, in the wake of recent mainstream cinematic events, it is worth pointing out that this movie actually does pass the much-demonised “Bechdel” test: there are about a dozen women characters, at least half of whom have names, most have dialogue. They all talk to each other, and definitely about something other than men. So, does that mean this is a feminist approved movie? I’d love to show the cover of this movie to a feminist, and say to them, “This passes the Bechdel test.”(Personally don’t really care that much about the ruling, because what difference does that make? Movies with no women in them are generally rather dull. But I’m sure you know that already. Or else, why would you be reading this?)
Country: United States
Duration: 92 min
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Also known as: ハード・プリズン,Ansiosas de libertad,Lust for Freedom,Sex-Experts,Sex Prison,Georgia County Lockup,Vapauden hinta,Żądza wolności,Unschuldig gefangen