Sunday, July 19, 2009

House of Whipcord (1975)

I consider this film to be Pete Walker's crowning achievement. It sets a beautifully dark and demented mood in a cold, ancient, and run down manor that now serves as a reformatory for social deviance. Its too bad none of the women admitted to the prison will ever get the chance to use their new skills.. A French model is tricked into entering the facility, only to find that the wards have twisted the prison's moral standards into offenses punishable by torture and death! Unlike Frightmare and other Walker classics, Whipcord implores very little on screen gore, relying more on the atmosphere, performances, and implied violence to generate tension and suspense. The audience quickly sides with the accused "harlots," empathizing with their situation while relating to their minor indiscretions and opposing the iron fist of social constraint that is forcing itself upon them. While most of the aspects of the actual filmmaking are very good, the acting and dialogue range from good to a bit hammy, but nothing in the film feels out of place and even the cheesier performances are right at home. I highly recommend this one, it is a lot of fun and makes for an great late night Exploitation flick!

Rating: 8/10.



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2 comments:

  1. HOUSE OF THE WHIPCORD IS A MASTERPIECE AND JUST A KICK ASS FUN SADISTIC TIME....

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