31 Days Of Horror: Day 10 – Caged Heat (1974)

A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow.

Okay so not technically a Horror I know, but I thought I’d shake things up a bit.

‘Women In Prison’ films were a huge hit in the 70’s, part of the great exploitation era, it was low budget guerilla film making at it’s peak.
Produced by (and no surprise really) Roger Corman, a man who has made a living out of this sort of work. You can instantly tell this is his work and why he became the icon he is today.
The cast is fantastic with the amazing Barbara Steele playing the uptight warden, a strange role for her at the time yet she pulls it off effortlessly. We also have exploitation veterans Cheryl Smith and Roberta Collins, who both put in the performance we expect to see.
Like I said it’s not exactly Horror, it has a mixture of action, violence, nudity but the Horror element is definitely there and writer Jonathan Demme definitely managed to wrap it all together.
“Caged Heat” is a great film, a moment in time that we’ll never see again so go back and relive it the only way you can.
If you want to see the “Caged Heat” trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Film debut of Desiree Cousteau (as Deborah Clearbranch).

Barbara Steele kept herself separate from the rest of the cast in order to stay in character.

John Cale composed his score in three hours.

Shot in four weeks.

The escape scene in the orchard garden was filmed in one day.

Directorial Debut Of Jonathan Demme.

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