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House of Whipcord (1975)

Barbara Markham , Patrick Barr , Pete Walker  |  R |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Markham, Patrick Barr, Ray Brooks, Ann Michelle, Sheila Keith
  • Directors: Pete Walker
  • Writers: Pete Walker, David McGillivray
  • Producers: Pete Walker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "House of Whipcord" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Pete Walker and director of photography Peter Jessop with biographer Steven Chibnall
  • Still gallery
  • Trailer

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Bad DVD Transfer September 5, 2003
"The House of Whipcord" falls neatly into that particularly loathsome category of films lovingly referred to by fans of the cinematic macabre as "Women-in-Prison," or WIP, movies. Nearly every entry in this bizarre sub genre emerged in the 1970s, a decade known for its wacky, experimental odysseys into the darker aspects of human nature. Arguably the best known film falling within the bounds of WIP films is "Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS," a movie that spawned several depraved sequels. "The House of Whipcord" is a kinder, gentler contribution to this field from British director Pete Walker, a man who made several other sleazy pictures both preceding and following this one. "Women-in-Prison" films died out by the 1980s, but now new generations of sleaze lovers can watch these movies thanks to the current DVD revolution.
"The House of Whipcord" takes place in England during the early 1970s, an England awash in a sea of immorality left over from the swinging 1960s. Certain elements of the population take umbrage at such despicable occurrences as a young French woman prancing nude in a public park for the sake of picture spread in a magazine, so an old English judge named Bailey and a trio of middle aged women set up a private court and prison in an abandoned children's school with the intention of abducting those females guilty of public indecency. Tired of seeing "effete" courts letting young ladies off with a slap on the wrist, these stodgy conservatives take the ideas of punishment seriously: penalties at the jail include long stretches of solitary confinement, floggings, and even death by hanging for those deemed incorrigible. The legal opinions of the judge and his accomplices make Joseph Stalin and Hammurabi look like benevolent lawgivers.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of whipping noises, not much shown November 18, 1999
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There's just this one scene where one of the evil butch attendants opens a cell door and you get a view of a recently-whipped blonde's back with whip marks. A little nudity here and there, a hooded hanging, clothes on. Other than that, no action worth mentioning, if that's what you're looking for (why the heck else would you want this turkey except for that?).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low-key shocker with sleaze to spare January 25, 2002

(UK - 1974)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

This down 'n' dirty shocker marked British director Pete Walker's first collaboration with legendary exploitation scriptwriter David McGillivray (HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN, SATAN'S SLAVE, etc.), and they both derived inspiration for their introductory barnstormer from a pre-determined ad campaign showing a screaming, half-naked starlet framed by a hangman's noose. The result is a minor classic in which a French exchange student and part-time nude model (Penny Irving) is lured to a lonely old house in the English countryside by her creepy new boyfriend (Robert Tayman, from VAMPIRE CIRCUS [1971]). There, she's imprisoned by Tayman's parents - a senile old judge (Patrick Barr) and his crazy wife (Barbara Markham) - for 'crimes against morality', and she plots escape with her fellow inmates whilst suffering all manner of indignities meted out by the vicious head of staff (Sheila Keith) and her equally depraved second-in-command (Dorothy Gordon).

Cleverly written and cheaply produced in response to the right-wing Christian protests which had been making headlines in the UK at the time on the back of several recent controversial film releases - notably A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, STRAW DOGS, THE DEVILS (all 1971) and LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1972) - "Whipcord" opens with a now-famous dedication " those who are disturbed by today's lax moral codes and who eagerly await the return of corporal and capital punishment....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A case of justice gone insane July 10, 2003
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"This film is dedicated to those who are disturbed by today's lax moral codes and who eagerly await the return of corporal and capital punishment...." So reads the opening caption in Pete Walker's House Of Whipcord. However, should one decide not to shut off the VCR in the middle and plow through to the end, one will come out with the understanding that the caption was for prudes what Bodycount's "Cop Killer" was to policemen.
A girl who has been beaten and whipped is rescued by a trucker in the pouring rain. In a flashback, we learn that the girl is Anne Marie, a French model who was recently fined 10 pounds for exposing herself during a photo shoot for a fashion magazine. She befriends Mark E. DeSade, a writer, who asks her to his parents' place over the weekend.
What happens afterwards is Anne Marie's worst nightmare. Two sadistic looking elderly woman in dark blue uniforms order her to undress, put on a beige shift/dress, and take her before an elderly, blind, and senile Judge Desmond Bailey. There, she learns where she has been brought to. "This court exists outside the statutory laws of this land. It is a private court. We are constituted by a private charter. ... we pass what we regard as proper sentence on depraved females of every category on whom the effete misguided courts of Great Britain have been too lenient." A ten pound fine won't cut it for Bailey and the forbidding governess.
Remember Bill Clinton's "three strikes and you're out"? How about "three strikes and you're dead"? The first time, it's solitary confinement with rats for buddies, the second time, it's flogging, and the third time, it's the hangman's noose, as is the case for inmate Karen Vaughan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to like about it plus I don't like sadistic movies anyway
An awful movie. Nothing to like about it plus I don't like sadistic movies anyway.
Published 2 months ago by John F. Quinn, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Whipcord
Nudity and action what more could a old goat want ? why does amazon require so many words ,that why I do not rate often .......
Published 4 months ago by BADDAWG
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
a poor imitation of a sexually erotic film. I wouldn't purchase it of those films where the cover tempts but nothing is there
Published 5 months ago by Frederick Mazie
3.0 out of 5 stars THE WORLD FOR CHRIST
Desmond (Patrick Barr) is the judge in a religious cult. They sentence and rehabilitate young girls who the law was too lenient on. Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Movie Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly dreary
One heroine, check. One other victim to show the fate awaiting the heroine, check. Older puritan zealots who go too far, also check. Read more
Published 9 months ago by E. Hitchcock
3.0 out of 5 stars Different from what I thought.
I thought I would see a little more bondage and sado-machoism. A different taste of honey but not in my cup of tea.
Published 15 months ago by Clifford Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great W.I.P. flick
This was definitely a sinister and atmospheric entry in the women in prison subgenre. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I was surprised that I didn't check this out sooner... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lane Neuroth
4.0 out of 5 stars Pete Walker Whips Up a Good One
While not the best effort from British exploitation auteur Pete Walker, HOUSE OF WHIPCORD is far from his worst. Read more
Published on December 7, 2008 by Michael R Gates
4.0 out of 5 stars Pete Walker's Political Satire On Censorship Is Horrifying And...
Pete Walker creates nightmare worlds. Known as the British goremeister, he is most famous for directing "Frightmare" and "House of Whipcord. Read more
Published on August 14, 2008 by J. B. Hoyos
4.0 out of 5 stars When The Whip Comes Down...
A beautiful french model named Anne-Marie (Penny Irving!!!) meets a mysterious man at a party. Said man sweeps the poor girl off her feet, only to take her to a strange, renovated... Read more
Published on July 23, 2008 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
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