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Trailers from Hell Enters the 'House of Whipcord'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 11, 2014 at 11:34AM

This week on Trailers from Hell, David DeCoteau talks lurid 1974 cult film "House of Whipcord" -- set in a women's prison.
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'House of Whipcord'
'House of Whipcord'

This week on Trailers from Hell, David DeCoteau talks lurid 1974 cult film "House of Whipcord" -- set in a women's prison.

"House of Whipcord," director Pete Walker's S&M take on women in prison films, could be considered a template for present-day horrors such as "Saw" and "Hostel" and though most of the violence in Whipcord is offscreen, Walker manages to sustain a queasy atmosphere that packs a contemporary punch. The story of a senile judge and his sadistic lady friend who officiate over a private "prison" for wayward girls, this 1974 film is notable for its strong performances and politically charged subtext assailing the English courts.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.