REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS
Reviewed by: JimmyO
Wendy O. Williams
What's it about
When a good girl gets into trouble on account of her no good boyfriend, she is sent off to a juvenile facility for girls. Once there, a thirty-seven year old teenager and an overweight lesbian battle for her body and soul.
Is it good movie?
Do you know the name Wendy O. Williams? Well if you don’t, she made Courtney Love look like a girl scout. She was the lead singer of the punk rock band, The Plasmatics back in the 80’s. She had a vicious little growl whether she was singing or just speaking and she died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. And when she was around thirty-seven years old, she made a flick called Reform School Girls. Wendy plays a teenage girl (again, thirty-seven folks, and she looked older) who gives the newest juvenile delinquents a nasty pill to swallow. But thankfully, a good girl caught helping her bad boyfriend is ready to take on Wendy’s wicked Charlie Chambliss. This has everything you could ever want in women’s prison movie. Naked girls, a kitty stomp, and a hosing you won’t believe thanks to the viciously cruel Edna (Pat Ast) who is in charge of this particular ward.
Now keep in mind, this is not as sick and twisted as you might imagine. It is T & A done right. The “teenage girls” don’t even remotely look like teenagers, and the violence is done purely tongue in cheek. In fact, this is much more fun then you’d expect a movie depicting rape, torture and animal mutilation should be. The young ladies are all ready, willing and able to drop their tops (along with everything else) and curse and have a girl fight or two. I especially enjoyed Linda Carol as Jenny, she is damn pretty and a good enough actress to carry the film. And of course, to battle Pat Ast who is one of the best evil bitches on celluloid ever, you’d have to hold your own. I hated this woman, even though it is an almost comedic performance… my God I wanted this woman to suffer. But for her to make me feel that way, you gotta give her props, she just chews up the scenery until there is nothing left. And for this movie, that is a great thing to do.
Any complaints when it comes to these girls? Not necessarily. Although I’m not kidding myself, this is a cult classic but certainly not a “classic”. It is over-the-top ridiculous and the set design screams cheap, but I often find myself longing for the days when cheap movies were shot on film and looked a hell of a lot better than the straight to DVD of today. Reform School Girls is just a blast that is not afraid to wear its faults on its sleeve. And most importantly, it offers up a pretty delicious Sybil Danning as a psychotic Warden Sutter who lets Edna (Ms. Ast) do her dirty work. Ms. Danning is a damn attractive woman and kind of plays this nasty lady with a certain softness… it adds to her. I don’t want to say that this is a great performance, but she is entertaining none the less.
Video / Audio
Video: A pretty good 1.85:1 Widescreen Presentation that looks as good as the ladies.
Audio: Ah, the beauty of Wendy O. Williams singing “Reform School Girls”. In other words, the Dolby Mono is fine.
As for Special Features, I really appreciated the Audio Commentary from Director Tom DeSimone and Humorist Martin Lewis. They shared some extremely fascinating stories about the making of this spoof. And they make it clear that many of these girls did not look the part age wise, that was sort of the point.
We also get a two Theatrical Trailers and a Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery and finally a Tom DeSimone Bio. This guy has done a couple of really cool 80’s flick including this and Hell Night.
Reform School Girls is sexist, it is sort of obscene, it is vulgar and it is all in the good name of fun. Sure there are films that are much nastier and mean-spirited than this, but when you try and offend too hard, it just comes off as insulting. These lingerie clad girls are having a good time getting in girl fights and battling one large and evil lesbian. Fun for the whole family I say. Oh yeah, I actually really dug Wendy O. Williams in this. Good shite!