Caged – Le prede umane (1991)

Directed by and write by: Leandro LucchettiCast: Pilar Orive, Isabel Libossart, Elena Wiedermann, Christian Lorenz, Gaetano Russo, Aldo Sambrell, Catia Castello Branco, Rita Paospero, Ezilda Coelho, Edith Fernandes, Elsa Alves, Rosa Trindade, Fernanda Rico

In un paese del Sudamerica c’è chi arresta con falsi pretesti delle ragazze per sottoporle a violenza

Beautiful young American tourist Janet Cooper goes on vacation to a remote South American country. After being arrested by a corrupt cop and subsequently found guilty of a trumped-up charge involving possession of narcotics, Janet finds herself incarcerated at an isolated castle located deep in the jungle that serves as a hellish women’s penitentiary.

Yes- this IS the best WIP film ever made. I know that Jess Franco did some hotties, but this take the genre Oscar for its combination of sensuality, brutality and downright steaminess.

The UK censors murdered this film on certification, and many of us pondered long and hard what was behind the voids and sharp edits that their pointless activities had generated. It was released under the title “Caged Women”, but is also known as “Caged – Le Prede Umane” and “QHS” (Quartier Haute Sécurité- French DVD title). It is the French title you need if you want to see this film in all its 90m uncut glory.

Pilar Orive, a former Miss Spanish Basque Country, is utterly magnificent as the abused heroine. She is both Amazonian and completely transfixing, and it stirred my teenage heart (and other bits) when released in 1992. That she and many of the cast are stark naked throughout the film is a plus rather than any sort of negative.