Bad Girls Dormitory
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When anti-social teens girls are busted for petty crimes, they're sent to the Bad Girls' Dormitory, a seedy correctional institute in New York City. Behind locked doors, all the girls claim innocence, but no one's buying it. Instead, they must endure abuse at the hands of the female warden, the sadistic doctor and anyone else with a craving for young female flesh. Before long, the girls can take it no longer, and plot to bust out of the prison hell. This 80's women-in-prison relic from director Tim Kincaid (Breeders, Riot on 42nd Street) delivers the sleazy goods you've come to expect from the genre. Photo gallery, Interview with Jennifer Delora.
About the Director
Tim Kincaid is an American film director, film writer and film producer often credited as Joe Gage or Mac Larson. To a perceptive viewer some of the characters in Gage's films can be clearly understood as gay identified while others are just as clearly intended to represent bisexual men who normally inhabit the heterosexual world and may even be happily married. (Wikipedia)
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A few highlights include the music and horrendous 80's hair. The sadistic red head guard with a unforgettable fight stance in her high heels. The dance number with the crappy synthy 80's Scorch song playing is worth the price of the dvd. The final act gets pretty violent and fun but Tim Kincaid's Breeders is a much better watch. A prolific XXX director Tim definitely loves the ladies.
Some of the fight sequences are fun and rad to make fun of. But in the end the movie just doesn't satisfy. Unless you're depraved as me and then it's a blast and gets better with each subsequent viewing.
It all takes place at a New York City dormitory for erstwhile female juvenile offenders. Some are there for prostitution. Some for drug dealing. Some for manslaughter. A few, such as the main protagonist in the film, Lori (Carey Zuris), wouldn't be there had it not been for the manipulation and abuse by some very scummy male perpetrators. Once in, the good upright girls like her are at the mercy of a butchy queen bee antagonist named Lisa (Jennifer Delora) and her sidekick Rebel (Donna Eskra). Fights, even murders, ensue. And don't look to the facility's staff for any help. They're just as corrupt as everyone else.
"Bad Girls Dormitory" is trash, knows it's trash and even relishes in the fact, making for a delightfully fun viewing each and every time. And let's set the record straight here -- unlike what some have said, many of the girls in this movie are TOTALLY hot. Carey Zuris is drop dead gorgeous, in a mid-'80s kind of way, and really does have extremely "pretty eyes," to quote the film itself. And we get to see much more of her as well and some other of the young babes in any one of the several sultry shower scenes included here. I also think her initial performance as the shy, sensitive girl transplanted into a virtual hellhole is quite effective. There are also drugs, like one of the other girls, who has a habit of sneaking into the dormitory's basement after hours to smoke a late night joint. This makes her very vulnerable and disoriented, particularly when she is caught by and falls prey to a most unscrupulous male staff member. For trash lovers, you name it, this movie has it, and the fact that the budget is low and the camera work occasionally unsteady only adds to its gritty D.I.Y. charm.
I first caught snatches of this one when USA used to show it at about 2:30 in the morning on their "Up All Night" program (as another reviewer has previously offered) in the late '90s or early '00s. 2010 just happens to be the 25th anniversary since the film was made, and it remains an energetic sleaze classic to this day. If you like hot young girls in various states of undress, catfights, shootings, jealousy, intrigue, a great cheesy '80s synthesizer soundtrack, and a real desire to deliver the goods, then "Bad Girls Dormitory" is the movie for you. Great fun all around.
(April 2011 update: At the time I wrote this originally, the copy I was reviewing was the 2003 Westlake Entertainment full screen release which is clearly transferred from an old VHS, complete with the occasional skips and jumps characteristic to that format, and containing no special features. I have since upgraded to the superior 2008 reissue on Shriek Show, which is widescreen, with a good, clean and uninterrupted transfer. It even contains a bonus 15 minute interview with Jennifer Delora, who offers her recollections of the making of the film and working with her crew and castmates. Very interesting stuff indeed. If you are a fan of this movie, as I am, the Shriek Show pressing comes highly recommended and should make the older, cheaper VHS-like DVD all but obsolete.)
This film features some of the same cast, and even the same locations as another film made by the same director Tim Kincaid, in the same year; Breeders... this gives you an idea of the budget - and it looks like a budget movie
1) The serious look at women behind bars. Unattractive women who are bored and occasionally fight or do drugs. Interesting only in a docu-drama sort of way, exposing our societal ills, blah, blah, blah...
2) The campy, tough-lezzies-preying-on-pretty-new-inmates approach. Pretty girls being used and abused by the bitchy female warden, her mean dykey female guards, and/or the tough lezzie inmates who possess a taste for pretty, young, female flesh. Always a popular WIP approach.
But "Bad Girls Dormitory" decided to go for an un-erotic, campy, let's-include-guys, no-girl-girl-action, yawn-fest-approach that included none of the above and earns this film a solid one-star. What a complete waste of an otherwise good female cast!