These exploitation films emerged in the early 70s and remain popular even today. Women in prison films mainly focus on voyeuristic sexual fantasies about prison life and involves a whole lot of nudity, sexual assault, lesbianism, sadism, humiliation, and/or rebellion among the captive women.
Here’s a look at some women in prison films:
Women in Cages (1971): About Carol ‘Jeff’ Jeffries, a naive American woman staying in the Philippines. She is given ten years in prison after being set up by her drug-dealer boyfriend, Rudy. She endures the harsh conditions and the brutal and sadistic lesbian guard. Then Jeff convinces her cell-mates to try and escape with her into the jungle, even though there are ruthless trackers out there that have been paid to hunt down escapees.
The Big Doll House (1971): About Collier, who goes to prison after having been found guilty of killing her husband. She is introduced to her sexy cellmates, who are in for crimes ranging from political insurgency to heroin addiction. The women end up getting tortured by sadistic guard Lucian. Collier’s cellmates Alcott and Bodine then plan to escape. Collier and another cellmate Ferina agree to go along. Cellmate Grear agrees as well, though there are doubts Grear’s heroin addict girlfriend Harrad will be able to escape. Ferina, Alcott and Bodine break from the solitary confinement sauna and take their revenge on Lucian. The rest of the escape involves guns, attitude, and a whole lot of sexy women.
Caged Heat (1974): The story centers on Jacqueline Wilson. Wilson is sentenced to a women’s prison after her conviction on illegal drug offenses. Her and the other female inmates deal with the cruel prison warden, who is aided by the sadistic doctor who is doing electroshock experiments and raping drugged prisoners. After a while the prisoners set aside their petty differences and plan their escape.