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FUGITIVE GIRLS (1974) ****

A quintet of female prisoners escapes from jail and take off into the desert and get involved in all kinds of trouble.  They steal clothes from a bunch of dirty hippies, roll an unsuspecting motorist, battle some bikers, and rape a cripple’s wife while he watches helplessly.  It all ends with a big fight at a gravel pit.


Fugitive Girls is really stupid and cheap but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it immensely.  It was written by none other than the man himself, Ed Wood and features enough trademark Wood moments to make it a blast for his fans.  There are the patented Ed Wood driving scenes where the film cuts from day to night and back to day again within the same scene.  There’s the scene where the horny female criminals rape an unwilling man by the side of the road that’s almost exactly like the one found in Wood’s The Violent Years.  And best of all, Wood himself co-stars in not one but TWO roles! 


I also liked the fact that Wood and director A.C. Stephens employed the five women’s naked bodies to their fullest potential and used ANY excuse for them to take their clothes off, no matter how flimsy.  (My favorite was when they had to strip off all of their clothes to check them for lice).  The prison itself was freaking hilarious.  The budget was so low that Stephens couldn’t afford to film the movie in an actual prison so he filmed it in a goddamn summer camp instead!  Pure fucking genius!  And come to think of it, this may be the only Women in Prison movie in which you never got to see one damn prison guard!


Wood and Stephens also collaborated on the timeless classic Orgy of the Dead.  Co-star Rene Bond also starred in Wood’s Necromania.


AKA:  Five Loose Women.  AKA:  Hot on the Trail.  AKA:  Women’s Penitentiary 8.

Tags: cult, ed wood, f, women in prison
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