Bare Behind Bars

| November 13, 2004

Remember the days when women-in-prison stuff was all the rage? They had those endless Cinemax Late Night sleazoids that always had some girl getting herself busted and incarcerated so she could find out what happened to her sister/cousin/friend who mysteriously died or disappeared or was sold into white slavery while in some sexy all-girl prison. There was also Prisoner Cell Block H, a serial soaper from British TV that followed the sexy lives of the prisoners and guards of an all female penitentiary. Gals doing hard time got to be a real turn on for a while, but before those movies and shows shined across the small screen, via cable TV, there were the more salacious cell block flicks that were shown in the seedier movie houses.
Bare Behind Bars is one of the most “outrageous women in prison” films you’ll ever come across, mixing the babes-behind-bars action with some real down-dirty hardcore action. Deep within the walls of a Brazilian prison, innocent young women who’ve been abducted and falsely incarcerated are brutally tortured and raped. The warden of the jail is a psychopathic sadomasochist, who takes perverse pleasure in the pain of her detainees. The prison nurse, an insane sexually obsessed lesbian, uses the young pretty prisoners for her own deviant pleasures. Pushed to the limits, four young girls breakout of the maddening jailhouse, killing anyone who gets in their way.
If you made it through that description without turning the page, chances are you’re a little more interested in the subversive side of cinema than your average NetFlix patron. And if you’re interested in that side of the movie theater, well … Bare Behind Bars is gonna satisfy your peculiar needs. The fact that it contains some explicit sex doesn’t really make this as outrageous as the DVD cover would claim. Hell, we’ve already got porn in our home on the computer, and on the pay-per-view, so this stuff isn’t all that outrageous anymore… unfortunately.
What I did find fairly outrageous was the shameful and ridiculous racial content that got me puzzled as to whether I should be offended or hysterically amused. Though this film was made in and around some Brazilian villages and cities, the English language voice-overs for the more dark-skinned women sounded more akin to Aunt Jemima than the local Brazilian vernacular. But even more bizarre was the depiction of the dark-skinned village men, who laze about on a bridge, eating watermelon while skipping out on work. When one of the men exclaims, “let’s get us some women!” they all skip off in a Jim Crow tap dance strut. I was floored! I laughed hard, but more at the gall of the filmmakers than the obvious try at stereotyped humor.
This flick is not exactly one to keep on your shelf for posterity, mainly because it would scare your more conservative friends away, but it may be one to have a couple views at before passing it off to your more open-minded friends.

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