sorry for the mistakes!
"-She's locked up in the infirmary. With her dear friend 99.They'll stay there
until they've made up. Well, they must be punished, Governor. The choice of punishment, I will leave to you.
Franco and the "Women in Prison". And like Pavlov's dog we start to
salivate, thinking to zooms on naked bodies, lesbian scenes and
violence. The flesh, however, this time there isn’t, we are in
1969, and although some will be disappointed by this lack, we recommend
you to do stop reading this review or at least not miss this "99
Women". It’s an important movie for the genre, in fact, is the
film that helped the development of this "infamous" genre.
There is no flesh as we said, but there is a good work, well built,
that has an elegant eroticism most intriguing than close-up of boobs
and vaginas. Already we have mentioned explicit things, let us to say
that "99 Women" also runs under the title "Les Brulantes" an hard
version to life imprisonment (for Robert De Nesle who created it)
because there are porn inserts absolutely out of context and very
horrible. If you see this version, make the effort to remove all the
unnecessary and concentrate on the original, the story written by
Franco in collaboration with several other people including Harry Alan
Towers, screenwriter, producer, strange man, and with the good music by
A large international production involving Great Britain, Spain,
Germany and Italy, which provides a great cast to our beloved Jess.
We find Mercedes McCambrige in the indispensable role for a "WIP" of
the "warden”, an actress famous for having won the Academy Award,
as "Supporting Actress" at the debut for "All the King's Men" for
having starred in "Johnny Guitar" in " Giant" and for having provided
to the voice of the demon in "The Exorcist". Her close colleague, is
another jailer of the prison, played by Herbert Lom, Czech actor,
famous in England in the sixties, he played often villain roles, some
even for the "Hammer", before turning in comedies and become the
legendary Chief Inspector Dreyfuss in the series "Pink Panther".
The human side of the law is another star, German by birth but Swiss by
adoption, Maria Schell, beautiful and famous interpreter of "Le Notti
Bianche" by Luchino Visconti.
The battery of the prisoners is important too and begins with Maria
Rohm married with Towers and known for having starred in several films
by Franco (and also those produced by her husband!) who here is the
number 99, the protagonist of the story. Among her mates there is
Rosalba Neri great actress of genre cinema, which although she
isn’t the main character, she steal the main role thanks to her
beauty at the service of a very elegant eroticism. And finally, Luciana
Paluzzi apparently imposed by the Italian production, in a brief
A great cast, protagonist of a story that follows the classical scheme of the genre.
A prison called "El Castillo De La Muerte" lost on an island in the
ocean is controlled by sadistic lesbian director Diaz (Mercedes
McCambrigde ) who with the island's governor (Herbert Lom) sexually
abuses of prisoners with a particular interest for the number 99. Their
"kingdom" change or might change when the new Minister of Justice sends
an inspector (Maria Schell ) in the place to investigate the strange
events that happen there. There is also another important
characteristic of the genre: the escape, daring, adventurous, and
In the middle there are always very succinct uniforms of the prisoners,
love scenes and morbid attention, interspersed with a bit of violence
and wickedness of the villains.
This is a "WIP" more refined than most of other movies of the genre.
Thanks to the skill of Franco, who although not reaching his highest
levels of elegance or psychedelic, as in directing and in narrative
aspects succeeds with simplicity to create a good movie. He slips a bit
' on the lights, sometimes oversized but some scenes, such as the
coffin on the rocks and especially the flash back on the life of
stripper Zoie (Rosalba Blacks), show the best Franco and frame this
Original Title: Der Tod heiße
Alternative Titles: Isle of Lost Women, Prostitutes in Prison, The Hot
Death (Alternate) 99 Mulheres (Brazil), 99 kvinder (Denmark), 99
Mujeres (Spain), 99 femmes, L'amour des femmes dans les prisons, Les
brûlantes (hard version) (France), 99 Women (UK), 99 gynaikes
(Greece), 99 women (Italy), 99 mujeres (Mexico), 99 Women, Island of
Despair, Women's Penitentiary XII (USA), Der heisse Tod, Sex im
Country: Liechtenstein, Spain, Italy, Germany, UK
Directed by: Jesus Franco
Cast: Maria Schell, Herbert Lom, Mercedes McCambridge, Luciana Paluzzi,
Maria Rohm, Rosalba Blacks, Elisa Montes, Valentina Godoy, José
Duration: 86 '(integral)
Production House: Film Associates (CI.AS.), Corona Filmproduktion, Hesperia Films SA, Towers of London