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House of Whipcord
If someone named Mark DeSade fool you up at a party but denies knowing who DeSade is, he's certainly not one to trust, especially if he immediately invites you into the countryside to meet his family. However, if Ann-Marie had not trusted, we would not have seen this English psychological horror of 1974 written and directed by Pete Walker active in those years in horror and exploitation and scripted by David McGillivray

"House of Whipcord" is a film that has several narrative flaws, a clear low budget and a title, which only partially reflects what we see. But despite these defects it is a pleasant vision that opens with an ironic overlay written "This film is dedicated to those who are disturbed by today's moral codes and who are eagerly awaiting the return of corporal and capital punishment". A dark film, well shot and acted, focused on the repression of youth by the authorities.
Ann-Marie French model gives in to the flattery of the daring Mark DeSade, who brings her immediately to his parents who live in a huge house, in the countryside. Mrs. Wakehurst and her husband Bailey, former judgy now a little stupid, actually manage an improper prison in which they hold girls who have been guilty of "crimes" against morals. Mrs. Wakehurst's goal, the former director of a prison that ended in a scandal, is not to re-educate them, but to kill them, in the dark of her husband who continues to issue sentences. This couple, in part grotesque, whips the disobedient girls and gets help from a series of petty stooges. The arrival of Ann-Marie, who tries with every means to escape, upsets the activity, getting a kind of journalist and the real police force arrive on the spot.
The beginning with a girl who is rescued by a truck driver in the dark and the subsequent glam moments, ignites the attention, but as said some moments too tight and the little violence compared to what the title promised, dampen a little 'result.
Cast of great quality with Patrick Barr, Ray Brooks, Ann Michelle, Sheila Keith, all famous faces of the cinema and English TV of the time.