Chained Heat

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Chained Heat
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Chained Heat poster
Directed by Paul Nicholas
Produced by Billy Fine
Monica Teuber
Written by Aaron Butler, as Vincent Mongol
Paul Nicholas
Starring Linda Blair
John Vernon
Sybil Danning
Tamara Dobson
Music by Joseph Conlan
Cinematography Mac Ahlberg
Edited by Nino di Marco
Production
company
Distributed by Jensen Farley Pictures
Release dates
  • May 27, 1983 (1983-05-27)
Running time 95 min.
Country United States
West Germany
Language English
Budget $1.3 million[1]
Box office over $20 million[1]

Chained Heat (alternate title: Das Frauenlager in West Germany) is a 1983 exploitation film in the women-in-prison genre. It was co-written and directed by Paul Nicholas for Jensen Farley Pictures.[2]

Plot[edit]

Linda Blair of The Exorcist stars as Carol Henderson, an immature and naive teenager who is sentenced to 18 months in a women's prison after killing a man by accident after driving drunk. Once she arrives, she meets the vicious and perverted Warden Backman (John Vernon). She also encounters the two kingpin prisoners, Ericka (Sybil Danning) and Duchess (Tamara Dobson), who are the leaders of factions in the facility's seething racial tensions. There are also the drug-dealing lesbian rapists and the prostitutes, who answer to the warden's assistant, Captain Taylor (Stella Stevens). In the meantime, Taylor's lover is clandestinely having an affair with Ericka. It's a whirlwind of dread and fury, but when the facility's corrupt administration goes too far, racial considerations are put aside as convicts of all colors and nationalities band together to fight them.[3]

Reception[edit]

Chained Heat opened on May 27, 1983 in 404 theaters nationwide and made $2,252,682 in its opening weekend. The film was in theaters for two and a half weeks in total. As of 2009, the film's domestic gross is $6,149,983.[4] During its release the film came under fire heavily from critics for its sexism and from gay rights activists for negative and stereotypical portrayals of lesbians as being violent and predatory. Chained Heat 's current rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 20% positive reviews.[5] Chained Heat was produced for $950,000. The film was nominated for two Razzie Awards including Worst Actress for Blair and won Worst Supporting Actress for Danning.[6]

Chained Heat (as a slightly shorter edited version) has been available in a DVD box set with Red Heat and Jungle Warriors released in December, 2008.

Sequels[edit]

In 1993 the film, Chained Heat II, starring Brigitte Nielsen, Paul Koslo, Kimberley Kates and Kari Whitman. The film was directed by Lloyd Simandl and released in Canada.[7] This was followed by the 1998 release of Chained Heat 3: Hell Mountain. The film starred Nicole Nieth, Kate Rodgers, and Bentley Mitchum and was directed by Mike Rhol from a screenplay by Chris Hyde.[8]

Both sequels bear little to no relation to the first film.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Linda Blair Carol
John Vernon Warden Backman
Sybil Danning Ericka
Tamara Dobson Dutchess
Stella Stevens Capt. Taylor
Sharon Hughes Val
Henry Silva Lester
Edy Williams Paula
Nita Talbot Kaufman
Louisa Mortiz Bubbles
Michael Callan Martin
Greta Blackburn Lulu

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b JAILED BAIT--A NEW WAVE OF WOMEN-IN-PRISON FILMS BROESKE, PAT H. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 19 May 1985: ac24.
  2. ^ Chained Heat - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - New York Times
  3. ^ allmovie ((( Chained Heat > Overview )))
  4. ^ Chained Heat (1983)
  5. ^ Chained Heat Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes
  6. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0. 
  7. ^ Chained Heat II - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - New York Times
  8. ^ Hell Mountain (1998)

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