Barbed Wire Dolls


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One of cult director Jesus Franco's best-known efforts, this Swiss-West German co-production was his first collaboration with producer Erwin C. Dietrich, who would release numerous Franco efforts through his Elite Film studio. It seems like a standard women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria, jailed for life after killing her father when he tried to rape her. There's a lesbian warden, more rape, torture, insanity, and so forth, with the obligatory conspiracy and a downbeat twist ending to round out the formula. What makes this film different from many others in the subgenre is its unremitting atmosphere of despair and sleaziness, a quality Franco and Dietrich also brought to the similar Greta, Haus Ohne Maenner two years later. Monica Swinn co-stars with Paul Muller, Ramon Ardid, and -- in an expectedly tacky bit of casting -- the director himself as Maria's lecherous father. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Release Date
Full Moon Pictures
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
1 hour, 21 minutes
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (Recorded in mono, but split to give the illusion of a stereo mix on home theater systems).
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
Video Features
  • Audio interview: director Peter Strickland on the films of Jess Franco
  • Vintage VHS Franco trailer reel
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