Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Savage Island (1985)

Directed by Nicholas Beardsley
Starring Linda Blair
Plot summary: Having escaped a life of degredation and torture on an uncharted prison island, a young woman named Daly heads for the city with one thing on her mind: revenge. Holding her former captor at gunpoint, she regails the audience with a sordid tale of sex, jewels, death, and finally, revolution.

Review: Much of the sexploitation genre is an exercise in endurance. However "Savage Island" is an exercise in cinematic Schizophrenia. Not content to simply buy, re-cut and re-title one trashy European women-in-prison dirge, the producers of "Savage Island" plunder two films, bookending it with cheesy footage of a gun-totin' Linda Blair to round out the package. If it sounds like a mess, it is.

Ajita Wilson being badass.
The film is pieced together from two films shot back-to-back (with the same cast, sets and basic plot) by Edoardo Mulargia. The two films ("Escape from Hell" and "Orinoco: Prison of Sex") are standard, if quite entertaining sleaze pictures starring famed gender bender Ajita Wilson, obscure starlet Cristina Lai, Italian action star Anthony Steffen, and the perenially sneering baddie Serafino Profumo.

Serafino Profumo being badass.
If you think that mixing two films together would create plot holes, climb into your truck because you could drive it right through. The credits manage to get the character names wrong of nearly everyone in the cast, scenes taking place at night are suddenly in broad daylight, clothing magically disappears, one actor seems to be playing a guard AND a freedom fighter, and dead characters reappear to be slaughtered a second time. Add to this melée Linda Blair putting on her trademarked "I'm a badass" pout, and you're definitely in for a good time.

Linda Blair being badass.
"Savage Island" is a complete disaster, but it's a fun one. The film is available (albeit from a rancid-looking VHS source) on DVD in Region 1 in a collection of exploitation wonders entitled: "SHE: The Hard Way."

-Johnny Stanwyck


  1. But that poster/box art sure is good, innit?

  2. Forgot to mention that Blair shot Penn of Penn & Teller in the head at the beginning of the movie as the security guard.

  3. Ah, HOT LEGS! Now this is what the Golden Age of Adult Films is all about! Bob Chinn, by this point a veteran of adult cinema whose name just screams quality, directs a first-rate cast performing a first-rate script, shot by a first-rate crew of professionals. Not only does the film look terrific, full of clever camera work and sizzling sex scenes, it's just plain FUN!