Chained Heat (alternate title: Das Frauenlager in West Germany) is a 1983 exploitation film in the women-in-prison genre. It was co-written and directed by Paul Nicholas for Jensen Farley Pictures.
A plethora of exploitation flims were combined to make this violent, sex filled, and completely bizarre melodrama. Linda Blair
of The Exorcist
stars as Carol Henderson, an immature and naive teenager who is sentenced to 18 months in a women's prison after killing a man by accident. Once she arrives, she meets the vicious and perverted Warden Backman (John Vernon
). She also encounters the two kingpin prisoners, Ericka (Sybil Danning
) and Duchess (Tamara Dobson
), who are the leaders of factions in the facility's seething racial tensions. There are also the drug-dealing lesbian rapists and the prostitutes, who answer to the warden's assistant, Captain Taylor (Stella Stevens
). In the meantime, Taylor's lover is clandestinely having an affair with Ericka. It's a whirlwind of dread and fury, but when the facility's corrupt administration goes too far, racial considerations are put aside as convicts of all colors and nationalities band together to fight them.
Chained Heat opened on May 27
in 404 theaters nationwide and made $2,252,682 in its opening weekend. The film was in theaters for two and a half weeks all together, its widest release being in 217 theaters. As of today the film's domestic gross is $6,149,983. The film has come under fire heavily from critics. Chained Heat's current rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 20% positive reviews.
the film, Chained Heat II
, starring Brigitte Nielsen
, Paul Koslo
, Kimberly Kates, and Kari Whitman
. The film was directed by Lloyd Simandl and released in Canada
. This was followed by the 1998
release of Chained Heat 3: Hell Mountain
. The film starred Nicole Nieth and Bentley Mitchum
and was directed by Mike Rhol from a screenplay by Chris Hyde