Chained Heat (1983)

Sometimes I wonder, how far down the toilet can a movie go? Good news — Chained Heat left me with little room to ponder. It’s written and directed by Paul Nicholas, who brought us another slice of insanity, Julie Darling.

This is yet another descent into madness for poor Linda Blair, who has endured some of cinema’s worst tortures. Here, she’s naive teenager Carol Henderson, sentenced to serve 18 months in the slammer for accidentally killing a man. As the new fish, can she survive?

This is one horrifying prison. Warden Backman (John Vernon) has a hot tub where he films pornography with the inmates. Captain Taylor (Stella Stevens) is a madame who uses the inmates to make money when she’s not making whoopee with Lester (Henry Silva). Meanwhile, Lester is making time with the prison’s leader of the white girls, Ericka (Sybil Danning!), who is battling the leader of the black girls, Dutchess (Tamara Dobson, Cleopatra Jones! and strangely TV’s Jason of Star Command) for dominance.

Edy Williams, the former wife of Russ Meyer, shows up, as does Nita Talbot (Marya from Hogan’s Heroes) and Louisa Moritz from The Last American Virgin and New Year’s Evil.

Because this was made in the 80’s, the ladies want to riot in the hopes that they get a better warden. Instead, perhaps they should seek the means of power for themselves. Then again, you can’t expect a 1983 women in prison movie to be woke. You have to realize who, what and when it was made for.

In my perfect world, Sybil and Linda would have teamed up for Thelma and Louise and spent most of the movies running time killing men with chainsaws. This is probably why I don’t get to make the movies, only write about them.

2 thoughts on “Chained Heat (1983)”

  1. […] Chained Heat, Red Heat and Savage Streets are the next level of the abused woman, but now Linda reaches a point in each film where she can’t take it any longer and retaliates against the system and people who have abused her. I’d point to these films as the highlights of this phase, which stretches from 1981 to 1996. Sure, she was nominated — and won — worst actress in the 1986 Golden Raspberry Awards, but did any of those geeks get to shoot people with a crossbow and fistfight Sybil Danning and Sylvia Kristel? Nope. […]

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