After they witness the murder of their parents by Mr. Tiger's evil syndicate, Karen and her sister Sheila train a crack team of lady bikers to help them exact their revenge. They lead a series of tactical strikes on Tiger's gambling dens, but when they try to hit his main hideout, the plucky gals are caught and imprisoned. Some are tortured and raped, others are forced to work the land, and a select few are used as test subjects for a new, irresistible aphrodisiac the gangsters are cooking up in their basement lab. This new love potion is the work of kidnapped scientist Larry, but once he's thrown in the dungeon with the girls, he puts his brains to work coming up with a gun-blazing escape plan that will bring down Tiger and his evil plans once and for all.
Virgins From Hell is far from the most extreme Indonesian exploitation film you'll ever run across, but it's pretty solid anyway?a fun, gung-ho action adventure flick that often plays out like a sadistic G.I. Joe cartoon. Taking cues from a variety of Western B-films, the story is refreshingly straightforward, if a little simplistic, cheerfully bounding from one plot point to the next with comic book aplomb. Although the low-budget effects are mostly limited to heavy gunfire and the occasional vehicle crashing through a wall, the film considerably beefs up its appeal with squirm-inducing exploitation silliness like a girl being cooked alive on a spit, a surgery-performing snake, alligator wrestling, and an unlucky guard who is dowsed with chemicals, causing blood-filled balloons taped to his face to explode. Sure Virgins From Hell is a brainless B-film, but it's still a well-made one, with reasonably dynamic action sequences, above average cinematography and a fun, light tone that makes for a campy, but immensely enjoyable 90 minutes.
Like many Indonesian films, Virgins From Hell even manages to squeeze some semblance of a political subtext between all those bloody shoot-outs and scenes of wildlife stock footage. With Indonesian women very much subjugated during the 1980s, the film offers a very distinct underlying message about empowerment, as the starring team of liberated females (who apparently are neither virgins, nor from hell) smash back hard against their oppressors, proving themselves as equals not only to their fellow captive Larry, but also to Mr. Tiger. Though one could argue that the constant scenes of torture and girl-on-girl wrestling tend to undermine any feminist intentions, this is a clear reversal of most American-produced women-in-prison films, which tend to titillate rather than teach. Also unique to the genre, Virgins From Hell features not even one peek of nudity, as it was forbidden by local censors. This direct order to constantly cover up is taken to ridiculous extremes, as girls have to shower, bathe, and even make love while almost fully clothed, making this slice of Indonesian cheese seem positively quaint.
If there's any real flaw with the film, it's that the heroic females aren't defined much past the bright colors of their satin shorts, but what the ladies lack in personality is more than made up for in the film's suave villain, the scintillating Mr. Tiger. Dressed like a Sergio Leone bandito and carrying a whip, Tiger has decorated his bad guy pad with plush pink carpeting on each wall, accented with airbrushed portraits of tigers and horses that wouldn't be out of place on the side of a van owned by a 17-year-old Dungeons & Dragons fan. When he's not revealing all aspects of his plan in self-conscious, exposition-filled dialogue scenes, the guy reveals himself as one evil dude?pulling hair, pouring wine on his concubines and whipping girls in slow-motion to the ominous sounds of thunder outside his swanky evil lair. Clearly, Tiger and his impressive collection of ruffled shirts deserve whatever fiery, motorcycle-leaping, kung fu death match punishment Larry and the girls can mete out. ~ DVD Verdict Review
[color=yellow]This is the stuff we want here, right? Included are the trailer and a very informative documentary about the golden years of Indonesian Exploitation Cinema that was on the 2nd disc.
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