Monday, September 11, 2017

#2,421. Virgins from Hell (1987)


Directed By: Ackyl Anwari

Starring: Enny Beatrice, Yenny Farida, Harry Capri




Tag line: "Virgins are raped . . . virgins are killed . . ."

Trivia: This movie was also released as Maiden's Revenge








Having already witnessed the insanity that was Lady Terminator and The Devil’s Sword, I found myself in the mood for yet another Indonesian sleazefest, and 1987’s Virgins from Hell (also released as Maiden’s Revenge) was the perfect movie to scratch this particular itch. In fact, with its story about a gang of heavily-armed biker chicks taking on an entire drug cartel, Virgins from Hell may just be the wildest of the bunch!

To avenge the murder of their parents, sisters Karen (Enny Beatrice) and Sheila (Yenny Farida), backed up by a gang of bad-ass biker chicks, declare war on drug kingpin Mr. Tiger (Dicky Zulkarnaen), who, after shooting their mother and father in cold blood, took over the girls’ ancestral home, which he now uses as a base for his illegal activities. But while Mr. Tiger is none too pleased that Karen, Sheila and their cohorts wrecked one of his most profitable casinos (in the film’s opening segment), he has more important things on his mind, including the manufacturing of an aphrodisiac that’s so potent it will turn any woman into a quivering mass of desire.

Figuring every man in the world will want to get his hands on this powerful elixir, Mr. Tiger gears up to mass-produce his aphrodisiac, only to have his entire operation threatened by Karen’s and Sheila’s marauding babes, who attack his hideout on a daily basis. But will the sisters reclaim their property in the end, or are Mr. Tiger and his personal army too strong for them?

From a technical standpoint, Virgins from Hell is an absolute mess. After destroying Mr. Tiger’s casino, the sisters and their pals climb on their bikes and tear down the highway, an extended scene that runs far too long (I’m guessing this was initially supposed to serve as the movie’s opening credits sequence, but there are no titles to be found anywhere). And while it’s not uncommon for a movie of this ilk to feature lots of gunplay with very few bullets hitting their mark, there are scenes in Virgins from Hell in which automatic weapons are fired at people standing a couple of feet away and do no damage whatsoever! In addition, there’s a clunky special effect involving a flying bike; and a good number of explosions that don’t make a lick of sense (though some of the blasts are, indeed, pretty cool).

But despite its rough edges, Virgins from Hell proved to be an entertaining mash-up of several exploitation genres, including the girl biker film (with all of the ladies decked out in lingerie, no less), women in prison (the sisters and their gals are eventually captured by Mr. Tiger and used as test subjects for his aphrodisiac), and a fairly effective revenge story. There’s no nudity to speak of (the girls even bathe with their clothes on), but Virgins from Hell does feature a few racy sequence (most centering on Mr. Tiger’s aphrodisiac) as well as a brief moment of lesbian love and even a little S&M.

Throw in plenty of kick-ass action and one of the strangest scenes involving a snake that I’ve ever experienced, and you have a movie that’s sure to win the heart of anyone who loves the occasional slice of ‘80s cheese.







1 comment:

Bob Johns said...

Oh My God how do I find this Cheese fest??