The Art of Packaging: Filipino Women in Chains Films
The 1970’s were an interesting time, especially in cinema and specifically exploitation cinema. If you couldn’t get a film made or afford to do it in the US of A, why not just pack everything up and go to the Phillipines. Things were cheap, no one would bother you and has long as you paid off Dictator Ferdinand Marcos you were pretty safe. Great directors like Jack Hill, Jonathon Demme, and a bunch of local guys got their start on these low budget exploitation flicks. For whatever reason, Women in Prison films became popular in the early 70’s and who better to cash in, than the King of Exploitation – Roger Corman. Taking beauties like Pam Grier, Anitra Ford (later a Price is Right model), Margeret Markov and Judy Brown, et al. was risky but everyone seemed up for the adventure. Beautiful locales, lots of nudity and silly violence – women chained and abused and then beating the shit out of their male oppressors and blowing everything sky high became a perfect recipe for exploitaion. Though films continued to be made cheaply in the Phillipines – most notably Apocalypse Now, the Women in Prison genre fell out of favor pretty quickly and were no more by 1980.