This is a Roger Corman-produced exploitation flick from the “women in prison” genre (I never knew there was one… although it seems to have been quite a thing…) which is notable for having been written and directed by Jonathan Demme. Now, Mr Demme may well have directed Silence of the Lambs and many others but he also directed Talking Head’s Stop Making Sense which has to be one of the best concert films ever made.
|The Doctor greets his new patients...|
|Pandora protects Belle from Maggie|
The story begins in breakneck fashion as a woman and two men try to evade the police after a botched drug deal. They are pursued by a long-haired cop dressed up to match his prey... he downs one of the men and, as the other escapes, traps the woman, Jacqueline Wilson (Gavin).
|Cheryl Rainbeuax Smith|
|Dream sequence for Miss Wilson|
|Two sides of Barbara Steele|
Jacqueline Wilson arrives to face the well-worn dehumanization of prison regime as the new inmates remove their clothes and leave dignity at the door for their first strip-search. Once inside she finds her new roommate Lavelle unwilling to talk but neighbours Pandora (Ella Reid) and her best buddy Belle (Roberta Collins) are full of useful tips on survival.
|Roberta Collins and Ella Reid|
|The Doctor's unethical treatments are exposed|
The two ride off but will it be that simple to escape both the prison itself and their responsibility to their fellow inmates… I think you know what the answer might be.
|In front of the flag|
|Maggie gets a gun|
|Erica gets ready to drive|
Caged Heat does not live up to its title and it’s all the better for it! It’s available on DVD from the usual sources and well worth watching for all the right reasons.